Mobile video-streaming app for low-bandwidth Africa

Empty TitanFall displays

Empty Titanfall displays (by JeepersMedia)

Earlier this year, Respawn Entertainment conducted extensive testing in South Africa prior to the intended release of its first-person shoot-em-up Titanfall. The company’s founder, Vince Zampella, took to Twitter to deliver the crushing news that the release was being pulled from South Africa due to poor performance with the statement: “Performance wasn’t as good in the area as we would like; don’t want to sell you something that isn’t great.”

As a result, the release of Titanfall in early 2014 was pulled from the South African market due to poor bandwidth quality, delivering a crushing blow to gamers.

In light of this, a South African company has developed a video streaming solution catered to address the low-speed internet environment encountered in most parts of Africa. It has been released as a free mobile application for Apple and Android phones. The new platform is known as Adaptive Real-Time Internet Streaming Technology (Artist). Algorithms are used to fine-tune the streaming quality to available bandwidth, allowing for unbroken video streaming.


Better bandwidth for South Africa

The new app is sure to please gamblers and gamers alike in South Africa.

An ever-growing number of users already play mobile casino games at Black Diamond Casino on a daily basis. The online casino offers a wide variety of slots, table games and arcade games across iOS, Android and Blackberry devices.

The aim is to provide a seamless extension of the online casino as it is of course dependent on the necessary bandwidth for users to play.

The new Artist platform was developed by a consortium of researchers and engineers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the University of Cape Town and East Coast Access, and is now being commercialized by start-up company Tuluntulu (the Zulu word for “stream”).


‘New opportunities’ for the African continent

“The app opens up new opportunities for content creators and advertisers across the African continent,” Tuluntulu CEO Pierre van der Hoven said upon its launch.

For gamers, every advance is positive. Online speculation is already growing as to the likelihood and timing of the worldwide release for Titanfall 2 and, given the lifespan of the Call of Duty series, it may not be long before EA and Respawn Entertainment are tackling similar issues.

The sizeable gaming community in South Africa can only hope for a more positive outcome.