Over four years after its launch, Rainbow Six Siege has yet to add more servers. The first-person shooter makes use of Microsoft Azure data centers, which haven’t been available in the Middle East until now. Yesterday, Microsoft became the first company to launch cloud services in the UAE, which may be a good sign for Rainbow Six Siege players in the region.

Last year in February, Ubisoft announced its plans to launch South African servers for Rainbow Six Siege. However, it’s been over a year since the announcement and there is no sign of them. Earlier this year in March, the Microsoft Azure South African data center went live, and South African Rainbow Six Siege players were overjoyed.

Responding to a question about how long it would take for Ubisoft to make use of the new data center, Community Developer Epi stated:

“There is additional infrastructure required to prepare Azure for managing a game like Rainbow Six, beyond the standard Azure capabilities. With this in mind, while there may be Azure servers live right now in South Africa, it does not mean that everything is ready for a Rainbow Six data center. It is something we are still very much planning on doing, and are eagerly looking forward to providing an improved game play experience in South Africa.”

It’s been a couple of months since then, but Ubisoft has yet to share any information regarding South African data centers. Now that Microsoft Azure data centers are operational in the UAE, it is possible that Rainbow Six Siege may get middle eastern servers.

In a first-person shooter game like Rainbow Six Siege, latency can be a huge problem. Due to North America and Europe having an adequate number of servers, players in the region experience little to no problems regarding ping. However, players residing in South Africa and the middle east currently don’t have servers that are nearby. As such, they are forced to play on European and Asian servers, where they have to deal with suboptimal ping.

As Rainbow Six Siege servers for all platforms utilize Azure, Ubisoft was unable to fast-track development of South African servers. The developer choose to let Microsoft handle servers so that it could focus on “creating world-class gaming experiences.”

“We rely on datacenter experts like Microsoft to create infrastructure platforms that are tailored to gaming needs, so we don’t have to write platform code to manage decisions, such as which datacenters players use,” says Ubisoft Operations Manager Benjamin Azoulay.

Now that Azure data centers are live, that is no longer the case. If Ubisoft were to introduce Rainbow Six Siege servers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, players from the entire region would enjoy a better gameplay experience. This would also be the case for South African servers, which I expect we will hear more about soon.

Rainbow Six Siege’s second season of its fourth year is now underway, and all things considered, the game’s playerbase is extremely healthy. If Ubisoft wants to keep up the momentum and make the game more popular in the east, it should focus on getting new servers up and running.