At a Blizzard press conference today at BlizzCon (fancy that), I was given the chance to throw out the Aussie server question to both Jay Wilson and J Allen Brack, Brack of whom responded wholey. Rather than just ask, is it happening, I did probe what the actual hold-up is, and what issues they face. Below is his repsonse.
"There are a couple of issues," Brack said in response to the above. "I feel bad for Australian players, but the biggest problem right now is the number one ISP in Australia; any traffic that gets routed outside of Australia goes to San Diego. So it doesn't matter where in the world you're going, you're going to San Diego. And then you're going to San Diego to somewhere else.
"So we have a big data centre in South East Asia, so it makes sense for us to grow that data centre out to Australia, in terms of putting Oceanic servers there. That actually would make the experience worse for Oceanic players. But it is
something we're talking about - I met with our network guys and our IT guys as early as two weeks ago to talk about Australia and to talk about what we can do."
A pretty honest response, though GamePron's
Punkly jumped in after me, pointing out that it's actually not the case that all traffic goes to San Diego, and also asked about the possibility of just using another ISP other than Telstra, to which J essentially said Telstra will attract "50% of players", suggesting they're not going to move beyond negotiation with, or at least thinking first and foremost about, BigPond.
So there you have it, straight from the Mount's mouth - feel free to chime in at any moment now.
Turns out Brack was referring to Optus as our "number one ISP" which means his comments about San Diego now make sense, but it also means they need to be informed a little more about the actual ISP situation in Australia, because Optus would really only represent a small part of our overall service.