How to Set Up (And Successfully Run) A Dedicated Game Server

A Dedicated Game Server: Around 2.77 billion people in the world play video games. These games are so attractive because you can play with people miles away. And not only can you make new friends, but you can also keep up with your current ones.

Playing on a public game server can be annoying though. Not only can it be slow and unstable, but there might be trolls ruining everything too. Playing Minecraft on a dedicated server is a totally different experience than playing it on a shared server with countless other users.

So why not run your own gaming server? It’s not as hard as you think it is!

Keep reading for a quick guide on how to set up and successfully run a dedicated game server.

Use a PC For A Dedicated Game Server

If you have an old PC lying around, then you can turn it into a gaming server. It’ll need these things:

  • Motherboard
  • Hard drive
  • Random access memory (RAM)
  • Central processing unit (CPU)
  • Operating system (OS)

You’ll also want to get a computer case to protect all of these components. Altogether, this might be pricey, so consider some of the other options on this list.

Use Steam

This is an easy way to run a dedicated game server since Steam has it all set up already. However, they have a limited list, which means not every game can be run from Steam.

If you don’t want to use the Steam Client, or don’t have it installed, you can use SteamCMD. This is its command-line program where you can set up a dedicated server with the game’s Steam App ID. It’ll give you step-by-step instructions for setting up a server so it’ll be easy.

If you go this route, it can be helpful to download the SteamCMD-GUI tool, as it’ll take just seconds to set up multiple servers.

Get Dedicated Server Hosting

What is server hosting? It’s basically paying someone else to get game server hardware up. This leaves the costs up to them, and not you, which means it can be a lot cheaper!

There are some limitations though, but if you’re not hosting many people, it’ll be negligible. Plus, you’ll enjoy many benefits, such as protection from hackers.

Some services even give you full root or server administrator access, so you can have full control. This is one of the best options since you can run the server without having to worry about hardware costs and the entire setup process.

Have Fun on Your Game Server

Now that you know how to set up and run a game server, you and your crew can spend hours on your favorite video games! And because it’s your own server, you won’t have to worry about random people coming in and ruining the experience.

The best thing is, it’s not expensive at all to host your own game server, especially if you split the costs with your friends. So don’t wait for another second and get started on creating an online haven!

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