It’s no surprise that online gaming continues to expand and rise in popularity across the world. The gaming industry has a knack for knowing how to keep gamers wanting more and continually looking for the next big technology to hit the market. However, with the rise of online gaming comes the added pressure of being able to support droves of players across the world simultaneously. Players expect nothing but flawless playing capabilities and never want to be hindered by connectivity or sluggish gameplay. Looking past all the glitz and glamour that gaming companies bring into the homes of players every day, most players are unaware of the technology that makes the gaming experience possible. To be honest, they don’t care to know either. Do you blame them? While the gaming industry has taken over households at an alarming rate, if gaming companies don’t provide players with the experience that they demand, they will move on to the next best thing. The hidden success of a new game starts with IT Infrastructure.
Speed to Market
Developing a game is an around the clock process that in most cases involves teams of individuals to get the job done. Speed to market is one of the biggest threats to game developers and publishers. While an idea for a game may seem like a sure bet to be a winner, with the increase of gaming companies around the globe, an idea is only as great as the time it takes to bring it to market. One way to combat these challenges is to ensure that you have the IT infrastructure capable of supporting the game development, testing and beta stages. Each stage will most likely require different amounts of storage and on-demand computing. By utilizing a cloud or dedicated solution, you will be able to make necessary changes in a timely manner based on requirements and demands.
Availability and Latency
As mentioned previously, availability of the infrastructure and a low latency, high performance network and storage are major factors in the success of online games. Any kind of flaw in performance can lead to disgruntled or lost players. By implementing IT infrastructure that is resilient and highly available will prove to be the determining factor in game performance. Also, by utilizing providers who offer A+B power, N+1 cooling, managed services, and a redundant network design, your abilities to ensure connectivity will be greatly increased.
With your newly launched game, the popularity continues to increase, but are you able to handle the influx of players? Being able to scale your resources as needed is critical to the success of a game as well as the cost of the infrastructure supporting it. No one wants to spend more money on equipment and resources that aren’t needed yet. Be sure to find a provider that offers scalable solutions that can be ramped-up as players increase in size.
While this is easier said than done, many gaming companies are independent and have financial limits when it comes to implementing IT infrastructure for their game. At Caronet, we understand the challenges that go along with ensuring your game has the best playing capabilities available. Our Alpha Cluster Program provides new and existing game developers and publishers hosted infrastructure and technical support to reduce initial overhead costs and speed up time-to-market. Members of the program are bringing in Caronet as a true technology partner and allowing them to invest in your games’ future by receiving the necessary hardware and infrastructure capacity to develop and launch games, expert engineers and 24/7/365 support.