Game development is a highly lucrative and incredibly competitive industry. The potential financial gains of creating a successful game are immense but the consequences of failure can be costly. Beyond the inherent risks, the necessary tech investments into game servers and network capabilities can be quite expensive. With the rise of the smartphone though, the wide-spread acceptance and integration of gaming into daily life has only grown. With so much potential revenue floating around out there, it’s of little wonder why developers are always searching for the newest hit. After all, who wouldn’t want to make the next Minecraft, Angry Birds, or Fortnite?
But, in an industry overflowing with talent and catering to an audience that is constantly growing and hungry for the newest content, why is it that so many great games never see the success they deserve?
The truth is, gamers are a fickle audience. With so many games available and new releases emerging constantly, it takes more than a good idea to keep your players’ loyalty. Sometimes it’s not the quality of the concept that determines a game’s longevity, but rather the quality of its execution. In other words, the tech running behind the scenes of your game is often as important as anything your players see.
After all, technology is constantly improving. This means that the industry standards and expectations placed on developers are continuously evolving as well. As the resources needed to build modern games grow increasingly demanding, the strains they place on your network increase as well. You may create the best game in the world, but if it can’t run smoothly due to high latency and bandwidth issues, it’s only a matter of time before your player-base moves on.
This is why the infrastructure that supports your game is as important as the game itself.
With the rise of cloud computing though, many companies have chosen to sacrifice performance in the name of cost-reduction. That’s not to say that the cloud isn’t useful. However, when running resource intensive software simultaneously receiving inputs from thousands of players in an industry where even milliseconds matter, can you really afford to trade away control over your network? As it is, many customers of cloud providers have been disappointed to learn that their expenses are often higher than expected. What if there was another way?
At Hivelocity, we provide high-end dedicated servers at affordable prices, sustained by a world-class network and industry-leading support. If you want to provide your players with the best, you’ve come to the right place.
10 Reasons Why Hivelocity is Your Perfect Game Servers Solution
If you’re a game developer hoping to give your players the best gaming experience possible, here’s 10 reasons why we think Hivelocity is your perfect game servers solution.
#1. Edge Locations for Reaching a Global Audience
As a game developer, you know that location and speed matters. When the stakes are high, proximity can be the difference between victory and defeat. Why limit yourself? Take your game servers where your players are.
With 32 data centers in 26 cities around the world, Hivelocity is a leader in global edge computing solutions. Reach 80% of the world’s internet population within 25ms. Give your players an experience that keeps them coming back for more.
Not sure how edge computing can benefit you? Check out our article, What is Edge Computing?, to learn how edge solutions can directly benefit your company.
#2. Dedicated Bare-Metal Solutions
We’ve all experienced the consequences of lag when gaming. High latency can destroy great games, driving player-bases elsewhere and damaging your company’s credibility. While the cloud has its advantages, when every millisecond counts, nothing beats the reliability of a bare-metal solution.
With instant and custom dedicated server solutions built to your needs, take back control of your game’s performance and stop paying to share bandwidth. Don’t see a solution that looks right for you? Consult with our team today and let us build you a custom solution perfect for your needs. Call or chat now to get started!
#3. Instant Dedicated Server Deployment
Scalability is crucial in the competitive world of gaming. As your player-base increases, so too will the strain placed on your systems. Don’t let hardware limitations hold you back. With our Hivelocity Instant Deployment servers, you can scale easily and quickly alongside your community.
By simply choosing your OS, network, and add-ons, you can instantly deploy 4 to 20-Core servers as needed. With an average 7-minute deployment time, you can rest easy knowing your new server will be up and running within the hour.
#4. Fully Automated Deployment through our Hivelocity API
We know you’re busy. Between meeting player demands, troubleshooting technical issues, and building a loyal community, who has time to sit on long sales calls? With our Hivelocity API, you can save yourself time and stress by automating the deployment of your game servers using the OpenAPI Specification interface.
To get started, just create an account through our myVelocity portal and add a payment method to begin deploying bare metal solutions quickly and easily.
#5. A Network Like No Other
A strong network is the backbone of any good hosting company and the cornerstone for every server that utilizes it. With over 1000 network peering connections, our massive self-healing network is designed for stability in all circumstances.
Featuring 28 locations worldwide with infrastructure deployed on five continents, our 850Gbps capacity network serves customers from 130 countries and is built to handle large volumes of data with ease. Should one or more carriers experience an outage, traffic is quickly and automatically rerouted to the best available option, ensuring your servers stay up and your players remain connected.
#6. 40 Gbps Unmetered Ports
Extraordinary games require extraordinary hardware to support them. Eliminate the fear of overage costs with one of our unmetered port solutions. Hivelocity offers users dedicated ports ranging from 1 to 40Gbps, all of which run on our top-rated global performance-based network.
#7. Protection Against Even the Largest Attacks
When players can’t access your game’s servers due to an external attack, it damages your community and undermines your hard work. With cyber threats growing more frequent every day, you can’t afford to not plan for the worst. At Hivelocity, all our servers come with basic DDoS protection. Utilizing our proprietary FENS system, we’re able to protect our entire network from most common DoS and DDoS attacks, blocking 90% of malicious traffic before it reaches your servers.
Looking for even greater protection? For just $15/month per server, you can upgrade your security further by adding in our Server Defense System. As your first line of defense, it inspects inbound traffic, reacting instantly and scrubbing packets the moment a threat is detected. Give your users continuity even in the face of massive and complex attacks.
#8. Managed Services
Keeping your servers running smoothly takes time and resources. Why spend manpower installing updates when your time is better spent elsewhere? Let our highly trained staff of IT experts handle your servers’ maintenance so you can get back to the game.
#9. 24/7 On-Premise World Class Support
Support makes all the difference. Your customers expect the best and ours do too. When issues arise at 4am, you don’t want excuses, you want solutions.
At Hivelocity, we know that when our customers succeed, we succeed. With 24/7 on-premise staff, help is only ever a phone call or support ticket away. With an average 15-minute ticket response time, your concerns will be met with solutions in minutes, not hours or days.
#10. 99.99% Uptime Guarantee
We’ve been in this business a while. We understand the impact downtime has on your reputation. Sometimes, the consequences of even temporary delays can be irreversible. Why risk it? Put your trust in a proven network carefully maintained by industry veterans.
With our 99.99% uptime guarantee, you can relax knowing your game’s servers and the players who rely on them are always in capable hands.
Take Your Game to the Next Level
With our superior blend of edge locations, high-performance network, and top-of-the-line support, Hivelocity is an ideal game server hosting solution for businesses providing competitive and mobile gaming experiences to customers around the world. Now that you know a few of the ways in which Hivelocity can help your business conquer the competition, there’s only one question left to ask yourself:
Are you ready to take your game to the next level?
Contact our sales team and let Hivelocity build your perfect game server solution today!
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-Written by Sean Kelly