Online gaming is huge with millions online every day. With multi player components like the mod Counter Strike for the game half-life and game server hosting companies like Zeroservers.net keep games alive long after players have exhausted the single-player aspects of the game. Counter Strike is the most popular multi player gaming genre is the first-person shooter still today. Gaming is so popular that like-minded players form clans and battle against other clans. Gaming has become so serious, there are several professional gaming leagues such as The Online Gaming League and MLG Major League Gaming. Game servers have become the offspring of this new phenomenon. With thousands of servers online. Many hard core gamers host their own servers while others prefer going through a professional game server company such as Zeroservers.net.
To find out more, I decided to compare why some gamers host their own servers as to using a professional service. Why would you want to host a game server? To get more control over your online gaming experience for one! Playing on someone else’s server is fun, but hosting your own server can be an even more rewarding experience. Hosting your own server isn’t all that easy. First off you need the right hardware, appropriate bandwidth, and a lengthy discussion and experience on how to be a good admin. If upgrading your high speed connection line, building supercomputers, and maintaining your own equipment seems overwhelming, consider renting a game server.
Game server companies allow you to set up servers on their equipment, using their bandwidth. All you do is pay a recurring fee. Asked Scott over at Zeroservers given a choice between a do-it-your-self kit or renting a professional game server what are the differences. His reply ” that’s like comparing a bike to a car, I would take the latter, for reasons too numerous to list in full. But they include such things as: the server is all ready set up, it’s got way better technology, it’s faster, if something goes wrong we have a fleet of technical representatives to trouble shot and repair, and you use our bandwidth.
We have more bandwidth available than we would ever need. If you host a game server out of your house, you’ll not only see very poor performance due to the lack of bandwidth, but your connection will be saturated at or about eight connecting players or less. Most ISP do not allow any kind of server running on a customer’s private home connection. Basically if you run a server out of your home, you’re most likely going against your ISP policies, but ISPs don’t seem to monitor this as much due to the number of servers running in customers’ homes.”
He then replies” Let not forget we offer free web hosting( for your clans website or what ever) and redirect server (space to upload maps, skins, voice packs for faster download) for connecting gamers with every game server. ZeroServers.net is the best Game Server providers in the industry. Our Mission is to be recognized as the industry’s game server provider, web hosting and voice server’s of choice for our customers, employees and investors through innovative, high quality, value-added business solutions delivered with enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism with the utmost regard for our customers. Bottom Line: You get more Bang for your Buck with Zeroservers.net! Just that simple, just check our prices.”
With all this noted I do believe the choice is clear. A game server is fine at home so much as you don’t have a lot of players onboard. You simply can’t get the bandwidth to support a medium or large server. Therefore a small server 6 to 8 players is fine if you know what you are doing. The nice thing about the internet is it’s the information highway. Hope this answers your thoughts on renting vs. do it your self game servers. Stay safe and for god sakes FRAG!