It’s happened to all of us. You’re on a winning streak five miles wide only to be kicked from the server by a surly, short-tempered teenager who hasn’t grasped the idea of losing with grace. It’s frustrating to say the least. Which begs the question: why shouldn’t you start your own server? That is, be your own administrator, make your own rules for the games you want to play and include only the people you want to play with. The rationale behind it is that you can create the optimum environment for you to experience the most enjoyment from your gaming session. It’s an attractive option for those who are tired of trolls, online bullies and straight-up cheaters. And while this idea might sound appealing there are a few things you should know before you start your own game server.
Know Your End Game
You have to plan out exactly what you want from your gaming server. Are you looking to set up a small 5v5 Counter Strike: Global Operations arena? Or are you looking to create a Minecraft server that will host several hundred players under your administration? Whatever the case, you should start planning your server before you host it to ensure that everything runs smoothly during its launch and operation.
Understand the Resources of the Games You’ll be Running
Once you know exactly what you’ll be using your server for and what games you’ll be running, it’s important to research the resources that those games will consume. What are the bandwidth requirements? And, more importantly, how many users are you expecting to host? Both of these questions concurrently impact the robustness of your server.
Outsourcing or Building a Server at Home
If you’re planning on running a server for anything more than a small group of friends then it might be better to outsource it to a company like 1&1. The reason being that online gaming, especially where multiple parties are concerned, is bandwidth intensive, and a lot of technology just isn’t equipped to handle that level of traffic. Therefore it pays to go with a third-party internet provider to avoid those lag spikes and disconnections. It’s also worth knowing that some developers are very aware of their customers’ desire to run a server and provide the necessary administrative tools to do so; the only thing the user has to provide is a host.