Originally Posted by ByronicHero
Attention, League of Legends players!
Riot Games has signed a distribution agreement with a publisher in Southeast Asia! While we cannot yet reveal the specifics, we are extremely excited at the prospect of being able to offer a higher quality experience to players in this territory through our new partner.
Through this partnership, we will be able to offer Southeast Asia its own, unique League of Legends experience. In addition to a localized client, we aim to be able to provide increased accessibility to Southeast Asian players through features and promotions specifically geared towards the residents of this region. We also hope to advance League of Legends to many new players in the area, including a large number of veteran DotA players.
Unfortunately, this does mean that, as of February 25th, players located in Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Phillipines will be blocked from the North American servers as part of our publishing agreement. All of these players have received a refund in full for any purchases they have made, and each has received a personal email from Riot Games explaining the situation, and offering a code redeemable for additional exclusive content once their local servers go live.
We believe that this will be an exciting opportunity for League of Legends to achieve even greater success in a new market, and to provide a high-quality, competitive gaming experience to a much larger number of Southeast Asian players.
Actually I agree with this post and do you know why? that's because I actually know why you need to use local servers in some places in SEA.
Personal Example: I came from the Philippines (Now I'm in CA) and yes there's a very large DotA playerbase there and with so many computer shops there, anyone with cash can play DotA most especially online but the biggest problem is we can only play locally in the Philippines.
Try playing to with/against another country and it's a guarantee that there will be a serious lag problem all around since internet connection there is piss poor in comparison to here (try 50kbps - 100 kbps download speed with a direct connection. 30 kbps wifi for some reason.).
and even so, we still have somewhat unbearable lag problems depending on who hosts and who forgets to stop downloading/uploading something before they play.
why I do like this is because Riot can actually afford good servers to handle games rather than a makeshift computer having to handle games which is what we garena players in PH do and that means it's not dedicated.