India makes up one of the biggest player bases on the planet and they have been in dire need of a local Valorant server. The latest update has finally obliged the community.
When PUBG Mobile got banned in India , the game lost a huge chunk of players and a massive revenue stream, clearly indicating the country made up a significant portion of the player base. Riot Games seem to have recognised the potential in this market as they are not leaving Indian Valorant players out to dry.
They were previously forced to play on servers far away from the country which resulted in high latency and worse player experience but this should no longer be the case.
As of October 14, 2020, Mumbai server was launched and it will allow players from several countries in South Asia to participate:
- Sri Lanka
Pakistani players will instead be routed to the Bahrain servers which might cause some players to lose their online friends as they are usually playing on the same server as those from India.
Also, it remains to be seen how Valorant will perform in India and whether it will get any restrictions in the future since Riot Games are owned by Tencent, the same company that operates PUBG Mobile.