Speed is one of the main factors in a successful game. Whether you develop a desktop or mobile game, gamers expect downloads and dynamic content to load quickly. Lag and high ping times could be the death of a game even if its storyline and presentation are top notch. Developers can control speed by making optimized code that runs on the local machine, but download speed is controlled by bandwidth and the hosting server. A CDN can remove all performance issues from traditional hosting and provide fast speeds even for large files in the gaming world.
Game Developers and File Downloads
With higher end graphics and images, game files have increased exponentially and outpaced speed for server resources and Internet bandwidth. A gaming developer must be able to delivery fast content, but these large files pose a problem when users are located globally.
Traditionally, gaming developers had to find infrastructure that could support large file transfers and locations where data centers could support global users. With a CDN, developers just need to sign up for service rather than worry about the infrastructure and hardware resources in each location.
When you research “caching,” you see that several hosting companies offer server caching, but a CDN offers this technique with its service regardless of the type of service that you have. CDNs cache data on its edge servers located at strategic geographic locations. These servers are ready for a spike in traffic and have the resources to handle any activity whether it’s large file downloads or dynamic content that gamers rely on for a good gaming experience.
Implementing a CDN into gaming infrastructure takes a lot of the planning, design and tedious details away from the developer so they can concentrate on doing what they do best – creating great gaming content that users love. By placing the infrastructure on a CDN, game developers leverage operations, security and optimization efforts from experts.
Even Boxed Games are Affected
Before you think a boxed game has no use for a CDN, remember that boxed games usually have patches and updates released after the initial game launch. Boxed games have the advantage of being stored on media that can handle large files, but eventually any patches must be downloaded should the game expand with new releases and versions.
With a CDN, patches can be delivered to users quickly without the fear of lag and server crashes. Instead of relying on a server farm in one location, a CDN pulls data directly from the gaming server and cache it locally. When patches are released, users download these files from a location closest to their Internet connection. This alleviates any issues of traffic spikes when games with millions of users have updates released during specific times each week or each month.
Whether your game targets mobile or desktop users, a CDN takes care of any bandwidth and server resource issues when it comes to file downloads and delivery. Gamers have little patience for slow, laggy games and ignoring performance can cost you thousands in revenue from angry gamers. With a CDN, you ensure that game delivery is fast and efficient.