Using a Dynamic CDN to Cut Down on Gaming Lag

As gamer computers get faster, gamers look for gaming platforms that provide fast, dynamic content. Although a gaming developer can’t control a customer’s computer resources, network speed and ISP, a developer can provide everything within a gaming environment that gives gamers the speed that they’re looking for. One way to accomplish fast online gaming speed is to incorporate a dynamic CDN into internal infrastructure.

Shortest Path with Lowest Latency

Gaming data is notoriously large files, and even fast Internet and large bandwidth usage isn’t enough for a smooth gaming performance. These large files must be transferred using the shortest path with the lowest latency. A dynamic CDN can help with data transfers.

Finding the shortest path is common on the Internet. Large capacity routers determine the right path for data and transfer it accordingly. The shortest path, however, might not be the best path for data to take. The shortest path could have more latency from congestion. Although more hops could take a longer amount of time, a few more hops could speed up data transfers by avoiding high-traffic paths.

When a gaming developer requires fast file transfers, the best option is a combination of finding the shortest path with the lowest latency. A CDN uses infrastructure that determines the best path using calculations on high-end technology routers and servers. This technology is usually much more efficient than traditional infrastructure that you find with on-premise hosting an upstream ISP.

Better Performance Attracts More Gamers

For a gaming developer, high latency and choppy gameplay are the death of any online game. Using a dynamic CDN, a gaming developer can reduce online game latency by 60%. This is significant for a gaming developer that relies on fast speeds delivered to gamers who will quickly stop playing (and paying) for a game that can’t offer a good experience. Losing a character’s life to gaming lag is the most frustrating experience for an online gamer.

When a game gets laggy and gamers get frustrated, the first thing a gaming developer does is look at what can change within code and internal infrastructure. However, unless the developer has the IT personnel, resources and budget, providing better infrastructure isn’t feasible. With a CDN, the developer has a low-cost, scalable option. This option harnesses the power of data centers located around the globe.

A CDN has data centers across the globe with edge servers. These edge servers pull data from the origin server (the developer’s infrastructure) and cache the data locally. With data cached on a server closer to the gamer, delivery happens much faster. Combine cached, geographically close servers with routers that better determine the shortest path with the lowest latency, a gaming developer instantly improves performance for users as well as their experience.

Gamers buy online games mainly through word-of-mouth from friends and online reviews. Better reviews mean more gamers will flock to a fast, fun game. A CDN can help with performance and make lower latency an affordable option for any game.

 

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