Cross Fire, an online Free-To-Play FPS, has been growing steadily since its launch in 2007. It has done so well that it has been licensed in nine nations across the globe, from the United States to the Philippines. As new players from all over the world attempt to join the Cross Fire ranks, more servers are needed.
In recent years, the population of South American gamers, more specifically Brazilian gamers, has been growing exponentially in online games. Cross Fire and other MMOs such as Heroes of Newerth and Combat Arms are flooded with Brazilian gamers, which has created problems relating to language and latency. Baixaki, a popular Brazilian download portal, has reported over 2.5 million downloads for Cross Fire – this figure does not even include the official links from the Cross Fire website or other mirrors. According to rumors Brazil may be the newest licensee to the Cross Fire title.
Although there has been no official announcement by Z8Games, it appears that they may be setting up servers or a whole new client for South American gamers. As of yesterday, Z8 has been actively collecting data from their South American players. This data, being related to latency, will let Z8 know if pursuing Brazilian servers will be cost effective. If this move works out, it is likely to please both South American gamers and their North American and European counterparts.