GameServers claims to be the internet's no.1 game server provider. It's certainly got an impressive resume, having worked with developers like Treyarch to optimize its servers for big-name titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops series.
But how good is its service? Find out in this GameServers review.
GameServers was founded in 2004. Sadly, it doesn't look like GameServers has updated its site since.
Everything looks a bit dated with low-resolution icons not fit for modern displays. Well, at least it would look good on Minecraft.
A Range of Different GameServers Services
Once you get past the unappealing aesthetics, you'll find that GameServers offers an array of different game-oriented hosting packages:
- Cloud-based hosting: for virtual single game servers
- Dedicated server hosting: to host games on your own private hardware
- Voice servers: for low latency in-game audio communication
- Procon hosting: hosting with a remote admin tool
Worldwide Server Locations
In online gaming, nothing is more important than low latency. GameServers offers 36 different hosting locations, so you can choose the one with the lowest ping for your area.
If you just can't make up your mind, you can switch data centers four times per month.
Easy Sign Up
Finding the right game server is a straightforward process; it only took me a few minutes to configure a package.
Once I had a gaming server set up, I wanted to install an add-on DLC package and tried to contact GameServers' 24/7 customer support service for help.
Frustratingly, they were afk and I didn’t hear back for over 5 hours. Had I simply installed the game on a local system, I would have been able to install the DLC package without a problem.
GameServers Reviews: Opinions of Others
Unfortunately, such experiences seem commonplace. I checked out various forums and realized few people leave positive Game Servers reviews.
Users complain about unresponsive support, corrupted game files, and laggy gaming. Looks like user reviews is a no man's sky for GameServers.
For cloud-based single game hosting, pricing depends on the game. You pay per player and the minimum number of players is ten. For an older title like Battlefield 1942 (not actually released in 1942), the minimum cost comes to $7.95/month. Newer titles like Battlefield 4 cost at least $12.95/month.
For dedicated servers, there are four pricing tiers ranging from $69.99/month to $179.99/month.
GameServers Pricing In More Detail
As dedicated servers are suitable for hosting more than one game, let's look at those four plans in more detail.
|Processor Speed||4x3.00Ghz||4x3.4Ghz||4x3.6-4.00Ghz HT CPU||4x3.5Ghz HT CPU|
|HDD or SSD||HDD||SSD||SSD||SSD|
The $99.99/month E3-1240v3 plan will be better for most games than the starter plan because it includes SSD storage.
I was disappointed by the short five-day refund period. For most users, it will be hard to evaluate GameServer's service during that time.
Only Average Performance
During my GameServers review, I tested my server's performance with Bitcatcha.
Results were average which, with a gaming server, isn't acceptable. Response times above 100ms will cause significant lag. The server was located on the East Coast of the USA, however - and you can see that in there, the responses were okay.
So, in simple terms - server location will be crucial.
GameServers.com Review: Final Thoughts
Having experienced issues that other users also complained about, I don't recommend GameServers. It seems that GameServers did offer a high-quality service a few years ago, so hopefully, it will be able to make a return to form in the future, just like C.O.D did.
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- Long list of supported games
- Choice of dedicated or cloud hosting
- Flexible voice server add-ons
- Affordable per player costs
- Underwhelming customer support
- Buggy servers
- Short refund period