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When peer2peer goes wrong

Why do game studios still use peer2peer? As the evangelist for GPORTAL, I have a vested interest in private/dedicated servers. However, I experienced something the other day in my private life that I’d like to share. I love Formula 1; I have ever since I was a little boy — following the likes of Lauda, Senna, Schumacher, Button and Hamilton. I’m also a huge sim racer, using my Thrustmaster Ts-PC, Next Level Racing chair and HTC Vive for ultimate immersion. This year I was eager to see what would happen […]

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Damian Reed
30. March 2020
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Private Servers vs Other Solutions

What is the best server solution for online play? Laaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggg: we’ve all experienced it at some point. This article will look at why lag happens and how we overcome it. Now it’s not always that important: for instance, if you are playing a turn-based strategy game, the tolerance will be a lot higher; however, if you are playing a game that relies on twitch gameplay — IT’S ALL THAT MATTERS! Looking back at my own online gaming history, it’s littered with lag moments. I can recall playing Modern Warfare and […]

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Damian Reed
26. March 2020
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We pay YOU to host YOUR game

Earn revenue from private servers If you choose GPORTAL as your preferred private-server provider, we’ll pay you for that privilege. Private servers are a fantastic resource that all multiplayer games should have; they provide so many benefits, and with GPORTAL, they can be turned into additional revenue. The benefits of having private servers are, but not limited to: Better online experience vs peer2peer Lower overall cost of servers  Players can administer their own servers Players can apply mods (where allowed) to their servers Players can host and play on servers […]

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Damian Reed
16. March 2020
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Private Servers: How they’ve moulded the gaming industry

How do you make your next title successful? What does success look like for a studio or developer? This question will provide a different answer almost every time it’s asked. Success could mean a sequel which is played more than its predecessor. Success could be that dream you had years ago coming to life in the form of a game. Success could be making games that you, as a player, want to play. Success could be as simple as just paying the bills.  How do we become successful? Money? Heritage? […]

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Damian Reed
26. February 2020
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We have an influencer army of 500

Marketing and Promotion with Influencers Marketing and promotion: these are two headaches that game studios must deal with. It’s forever changing too. 20 years ago, it was all about toys and sponsorship. I remember Capcom sponsoring a car in the Indy 500 to drive awareness of Street Fighter 2, and not so long ago, companies relied solely on Facebook ads. However, over the last few years things have started to change. People consume online more than any other format; more people are watching YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch, Mixer and many […]

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Damian Reed
28. January 2020
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In 2020 gaming industry franchises are DEAD, long live the modding community!

A look at franchises in the gaming industry The gaming industry is constantly evolving, but the biggest changes are yet to come. To understand the changes that have already started to take shape, we first need a history lesson. Fans and a community make a game successful Every single game that has ever been successful in the modern era has had fans, a community You may think that the video game industry started in the 70s or 80s, but it actually started back in the 1950s! Back then the games […]

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Damian Reed
19. January 2020
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17 Years of private game server legacy

Why GPORTAL This document does not discuss the vast amount of reasons why private servers are a necessity these days for upcoming game titles. This document is here to show you why GPORTAL is the best-placed company to make your next game a success. GPORTAL is a leading supplier of online game–hosting services around the globe. This is achieved by having 13 self-serviced server centres, providing us with global coverage. It’s not just about having server centres around the world, though. GPORTAL has worked closely with Dell and Intel to […]

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Damian Reed
17. January 2020
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