Hosting game servers is emerging to be one of the most lucrative branches of specialized hosting services. Many hosting services are more than willing to provide room for game servers in order to make a hefty profit out of it.
But while selecting a web-hosting service for game server one must be extra choosy. This is because game server hosting is much more demanding than other web hosting services.
First of all the game sites are one of the most frequently visited by net users. At any given time millions of users are latching on a single popular game site. Resultantly there is bound to be an unusually huge rush of traffick.
Thus, the capacities of a service to handle traffick load should be gauged before selecting it for hosting a game server. Otherwise one could find himself among total chaos and will have to confront with heavy loss.
The must-haves for a game service provider is a control panel either cPanel or Plesk .A control panel solutions which is specially designed to automate and standardize game server hosting process is another requisite for a game hosting service. A game service provider without these basic tools is no less than paralyzed.
Although these control panels perform a specific function they can as well use other soft wares, whether Linux or Windows. These can also install game specific soft wares and an also send patches of soft wares to end users.
One must be aware of the pricing systems of game service providers. It is a vital factor that may affect the decision-making while choosing a service provider for game servers.
A game service provider must contain nodes which are simply put, separate spaces for allocating different games. Each node should be assigned to host a specific game and supports a number of slots. The slots are the number of simultaneous connections of users who are connected to a particular node at a given time.
The pricing system is based on the number of slots. Thus while negotiating with a service provider it would be a good idea to be totally aware of the rates of different games. The cost per month for a certain game would be its rate multiplied by the average number of slots or the number of players connected to a certain node or server. Therefore one must keep track of the latest games which are topping the popularity charts and avoid the ones which are on the verge of being obsolete.
Compared to a shared web host machine, which can take in thousands of customers in a machine, a game host provider can accommodate only 10 to 15 nodes. This accounts for a high amount of current consumption. It would be a safe ploy to ascertain whether a web host service provider is up to it before making a decision.
Moreover if one is looking to package a game server with certain added features he should target the hosting services which provide add ones like in game chatting apart from basic hosting facilities.