VPN and Gaming

The internet took gaming to another level and the majority of gamers regularly play some form of online game. Online gaming carries its own share of risks, including the ever-dreaded DDoS attack.

For those that are looking for a way to game online safely and effectively, consider investing in a VPN.

Less Lag – No Throttling

With VPN, users can connect to a server physically closer to the primary gaming server and this can help to reduce lag in the game. For example, if a user is located in the United States and the gaming server is located in Turkey, connecting to a VPN server located in or near Turkey can reduce lag dramatically.

Next, some ISPs are in the habit of throttling connections for high traffic users or when users connect regularly to a particular server. This means a dramatic reduction in speed and often makes gaming impossible.

By using VPN, users can avoid throttling and other traffic reroutes and enjoy regular speeds for gaming.

Bypass Geolocation Blocks

 One frustrating problem for gamers is titles that are geolocated, meaning that one has to be physically in a particular area to play a game. With VPN, a user can connect to a server that is located in that particular region and bypass these types of restrictions.

This is especially beneficial for users who want to play the most recent version of certain games. Often, a new update is released to a specific region before pushed globally. Players who connect via VPN can get early access to these updates and get a jump on the competition.

Avoid DDoS Attacks

Hardcore gamers are well aware of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and have likely experienced one at some point. For newbies, this means that hackers actively attack gamers with the intention of knocking them off the network for a period of time.

When one experiences this type of attack, access to a gaming server can be down anywhere from minutes up to days at a time depending on the scope of the attack. This is one area VPN can help.

VPN does two things to protect users. First, those playing games through VPNs are connecting to the game from the VPN server and not their local machine. Next, the VPN assigned each user a unique IP address that prevents hackers from tracking down one’s true IP. They can’t knock off users they can’t find.