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Posted by Saint on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:50pm

We came, we saw, we killed it...for charity. GamersNights was invited by Hive Colab incubation hub to co-host a "Gaming 4 Charity" event for the "40 days over 40 smiles" charity foundation. The 40/40 foundation was established with the sole purpose of helping vulnerable children and communities to access quality, all-round education support and entrepreneurial training aimed at self-sustainability. After the success of the Gulu robotics camp, Gamers Nights decided to “take a shot” at supporting the dormitory building project that the 40/40 Foundation is undertaking in Luweero District.

Two camera crews from Urban TV, a local TV station whose primary audience is the youth, were in attendance. One crew was filming material for an on-going Urban TV show called Innovate, which follows Hive Colab's activities in the tech space. The other crew was filming material for our new Gamers Nights TV show that will be airing soon. As soon as we arrived, we started setting up to join our “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3” server where some of our members that weren't able to make it were waiting. However, a laggy internet connection to the server made things difficult. As we were troubleshooting network issues, there were at least four stations at which “Mortal Kombat- Komplete Edition” was being played simultaneously. Eventually we gave up on the online server and decided to set up a local COD MW3 server to entertain the now very anxious gamers. Tournaments of Mortal Kombat and Fifa were going on and winners were crowned and awarded bragging rights in their respective disciplines.

Meanwhile we had someone going around collecting donations from everyone for the charity. At the end of the day, we had collected a little over UGX300,000. Thanks to our loyal gamers for always answering the call of duty, and all who attended and made this day a success.

STOP PRESS Announcement: The 40 days over 40 smiles charity foundation invites GamersNights to their charity sports event;
Event: #5AsideUG. Fun, Soccer event, Women’s day edition, 4 Guyz & a girl.
Twitter: @40days_40smiles Facebook: 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation
Website: http://40daysover40smiles.org/
Date: 8th March 2014 (Women’s Day)
Entrance: UGX3,000,
Players: UGX10,000



Posted by billynkid on Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:06pm

Shortly on the back of our recent launch of our Dedicated Minecraft Server - minecraft.liquid.gamersnights.com we have now launch two new servers for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Serious Sam 3!

You can find both of these on mw3.liquid.gamersnights.com and ss3.liquid.gamersnights.com respectively.

The MW3 server is already seeing regular action lots of nights so feel free to join the Mayham!

As always if you are experiencing any issues connecting to the server please do let us know on our FB page http://www.facebook.com/gamersnights and we will try to help you as soon as we can.



Posted by spectre on Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:06pm

We launched a Minecraft server on the Liquid Telecom backbone network while the askari wasn't looking. If you don't already have the game, get a copy here. It's good on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Our server address is minecraft.liquid.gamersnights.com.



Posted by NtindaSnyper on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 9:27pm

Fundi Bots, a Ugandan non-profit initiative promoting Robotics to solve local technical problems held a Robotics Camp at Gulu High School, in Gulu, Uganda. The camp was fully funded by Oysters and Pearls, and International NGO run by Sandra Washburn.

Gamers Nights was invited to the Gulu Robotics Camp to enhance the tech learning experience and give the kids a bucket load of fun. Agent Smith, DiamondTrust and NtindaSnyper set off to Gulu on 22nd Jan to answer the 'call of duty'.

On arrival, we started off installing our most popular game, Call of Duty on the approximately 15 laptops at the Camp including an extra 2 Gaming laptops lovingly donated by Oysters and Pearls for the event. Once the setup was done, the kids went about their first PC Multiplayer experience, filled with awkward hand positions on the keyboard and having two kids using one computer simultaneously, one on the keyboard, the other on the mouse, but having blast realizing they are playing against each other. You can check out the pictures on our GamersNights facebook page .

Day Two after their Robotics lessons, we now took a step back to give a little lecture about computer networks and their importance in gaming before starting up the game. We took the kids on a step by step course through the game explaining it's various mechanics and ensuring they can set up the game server themselves, which much to our joy, they accomplished very easily. To teach them more about strategy and team play, we split them into two groups (US Marines & Russian OpFOR) and this greatly fired up their competitive spirit. Before long the room was filled with cheers and groans from the winning and losing teams every 30 or so minutes. Alot of the kids were now playing without looking at the keyboard and controlling their players alone, while their partners looked on and offered strategic advice. We had so much fun, it went on till about 9.30PM.

Day Three: After the closing ceremony for the training camp, we had one final Best-of-three competition between the teams that was won by the Russian team. All seven of their team mates got a prize from Gamers Nights. After which they just kept at it, their skills showing a tremendous improvement since they begun, with them able to do more complex in-game operations like Voting and Class customization without any help from us. We eventually had to stop and 11PM with all the kids abuzz about what they did and how they could have done it better than their colleagues. To wrap it up, we had some talks with the school's administration to foster gaming and told them about the benefits of the activity for the kids that they received with much approval.

Now onto the 6 hour journey by bus back to Kampala ...



Posted by spectre on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:03pm

Our servers now have excellent routes to Kenya thanks to the magicians in Liquid Telecom's NOC. Latency should be under 50ms for players on all major networks. We also have excellent routes to South Africa and will soon bring Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana online.

If you connect to our server from Kenya and still have a bad ping-time, please let us know by posting on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GamersNights

Note that we currently host dedicated servers for COD4, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, Garry's Mod, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and more. Please also remember that none of this would be possible without our sponsors at Liquid Telecom. We can't thank them enough. http://www.liquidtelecom.com/



Posted by spectre on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 10:30pm

We just installed a $20,000 server donated by Liquid Telecom. Liquid have also given us an uncapped link to their backbone network and will announce our IP address space at every IXP they can reach in Africa. This means that, for the first time ever, gamers in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa will all have fast access to the same server.

Stay tuned. It will take us a few weeks get everything set up properly. Big thanks to Ben Roberts, Andrew Alston, and the rest of the team at Liquid Telecom for making this happen. Thanks also to Fred Muteesa from Infocom for assisting with the install.

http://www.liquidtelecom.com/