Learning About Computer Services

Building A Professional Gaming IT Backbone

by Hector Meyer

The world of gaming entertainment has extended to its fans, and has come a long way from cash prizes for game tournaments. Competitive gaming tournaments are still a powerful force and has begun to challenge athletic sports for fan viewership with eSports systems such as Major League Gaming (MLG), but there are other paths. Game industry commentary, gaming playthroughs and other forms of gameplay via platforms such as Youtube, Beam.pro and Twitch.tv have delivered respectable income to gaming personalities of various skill levels. To prepare your household or office for a gaming-based business, here are a few basics that must be covered for reliable content.

Separate Networks Are A Must

The most successful gaming personalities didn't just get into it for the money. You're a gamer, your friends are gamers, and aside from the business, you have a genuine interest in devouring related culture. This means that you might be downloading a few things, playing other games, and doing everything else on the same network.

For competitive gamers, don't do that.

Ping is one of the most important factors for competitive online gamers. It's a measure of how fast your information reaches game servers, and defines how much lag you'll experience due to networking. Although your specific game may have built-in latency that you can't do anything about, you need to make sure that your excessive latency doesn't add to the problem. 

One misunderstanding here is that a "faster" connection can negate many of those problems. The idea of faster internet is partially a marketing misconception. When you pay for a faster internet connection, you're actually paying for a higher capacity that allows faster speeds. That speed can still be slowed down by more than just challenging it with big downloads.

Problems at the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and any errors on the network could make the fastest internet connections in the world experience a service interruption, and although a higher capacity connection heavily mitigates the amount of interruption that might happen, that doesn't mean it won't happen.

The smart thing to do is to pay for a professional, managed IT solution for a single connection used for gaming. This will be for your dedicated gaming rig, and nothing should be done on this connection but gaming. Your other connection can be a residential connection, or a connection used for other parts of your gaming business.

Don't Neglect The Upload

The other part of the gaming business has its own requirements that may be less drastic, but still required for success. If you're a gaming streamer who shows live footage of your gameplay, you'll need to make sure that your connection has no interruptions for your fans as far as you can control.

This means that your upload needs to be powerful and consistent. Download is important, but it's the most commonly-used factor in internet usage. Upload is less understood by the standard internet user and needs some special attention.

Most consumer internet connections are asynchronous, meaning that the download and upload speeds are not the same. You need to confirm your upload speed, then speak with your streaming service to find out if the speed will be enough for your activities. For synchronous internet, you still need to perform regular testing for stable performance.

Contact a managed IT services professional to discuss your networking infrastructure for gaming superiority on the internet.