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08.23.2019 / Technology

Ready for Esports? Here’s How Rocket Fiber Can Get You in the Game

The latest highly-lucrative sports industry to take the world by storm might not be what you’d expect. There’s no athletic equipment, little physical activity, and some of the world’s best competitors still haven’t taken driver’s ed. Yes, we’re talking about esports.

Made famous by games like Fortnight, League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, esports are connecting fans from across the world to watch the newest spectator sensation. Tournament pools can bring in thousands (if not millions) in revenue for players and team franchises, which is how, in 2019, esports tipped the scale to become a billion-dollar industry. 

So what was the catalyst that launched esports from an infant industry into a global phenomenon?

The answer is simple: streaming technology.

‘A Star was Born’ – on Twitch

The first half of the decade saw improved internet connectivity across the globe, creating equal access to internet content. Although gaming doesn’t necessarily rely on large bandwidths, the introduction of faster internet speeds has been paramount to the success of virtual communities like Twitch.

Bought by Amazon in 2014, Twitch.tv is an online streaming platform that allows gamers to live stream to subscribers as they play. The platform’s community-based design enables users to chat with one another as they stream, creating new fanbases and new sources of revenue in previously untouched areas. Twitch stars like Ninja, Myth, and Shroud have been able to capitalize on subscriber revenue, generating as much as several million dollars per year in stream-based income.

Fast forward to 2019, and the earning potential for esports players and teams continues to balloon. Live tournament events, sponsorship deals, advertising, and merchandise are creating limitless income potential  – and it’s all because of improvements in internet technology.

Internet Plans for Online Gaming: What You Need and What You Don’t

When it comes to choosing an internet service provider for you or your family of gamers, it’s essential to consider your potential usage. Gaming by itself has different requirements than streaming gameplay, which is why it is crucial to understand the factors that will most significantly impact your gaming experience.

When purchasing internet packages, many people think that for gamers, it’s all about the need for speed. Although internet speed is necessary for gaming, it’s a little more complicated than just purchasing a plan with massive bandwidth. For example, low latency (the time it takes information to go from your device out to the internet) will be of more benefit to your gaming experience than just bandwidth. For gamers, a latency range of 30 to 50 milliseconds or less is considered suitable for first-person shooting or driving games.

If you’re playing multiplayer games in real time, it’s also vital to understand your ping time. Ping is the reaction time of your connection – meaning how long it takes data (in milliseconds) to leave your device, reach a server and return to your device. Without the combination of low ping and low latency, gamers will face the dreaded “lag”, which can slow down gameplay and result in lowered performance.

If you’re hoping to make beaucoup bucks streaming your gameplay for subscribers, however, you’ll need to consider factors other than just ping and latency. For example, bandwidth will play a more considerable role for streamers on Twitch and YouTube. With that in mind, many plans will tout high gigabit per second download speeds, but what you want to focus on are upload speeds. 

For the typical user, Rocket Fiber’s residential plans offer 1 Gigabit upload and download speeds that will leave your old megabits-per-second plan in the dust. Rocket Fiber has teamed up with many of the leading online gaming companies to ensure low pings for our clients. For instance, your average latency to League of Legends is 10 milliseconds through Rocket Fiber. Check if it’s available in your area here

Ready to see some professional gamers in action? The North America League of Legends Championship series heads to Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, August 24 through Sunday, August 25. For more information and to purchase tickets to LCS Summer Finals presented by Rocket Mortgage, visit ticketmaster.com 

Rocket Fiber is a Michigan-based company that delivers multi-gigabit internet and connectivity solutions for businesses and residences. The company’s core mission is to transform the way clients create, collaborate and communicate. Rocket Fiber’s portfolio of services includes managed network services, data and cloud, voice and dedicated internet, all of which are backed by award winning white-glove client service and a state-of-the-art, 24/7/365 Network Operations Center.

 

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