Many gamers are using VPNs to access their favorite game. There are numerous reasons for using a VPN. A few examples might be that your dorm doesn’t allow you to connect to games directly or you want to run multiple accounts for a game that only allows one. You might want to connect to a region locked game, or your region’s legislation doesn’t allow you to play with certain games. Maybe you want to hide your identity while gaming or try out some cheats!
Non-gaming examples might include: Torrenting, Watching Netflix, accessing blocked websites, securing your anonymity.
All of this is possible with a VPN, however, there are huge differences between VPN providers.
The free VPNs usually allocate you a portion of the total bandwidth and lets you use one of their shared IPs. This is the slowest and riskiest option. If the IP that you were allocated is already „dirty” because someone else used it for cheats or hacks, your gaming account might be banned right away. It is also extremely slow as you are sharing resources with a lot of other people.
Free VPNs are usually completely inadequate in both speed and safety.
Paid VPNs are better than Free VPNs as they usually allocate you more resources so connecting/downloading is faster, but they might still give you shared IP which might be „dirty”. Paid VPNs can range between 5-10 USD per month depending on the provider.
In this case the risk of getting banned still persists. On the other hand there are paid VPN providers who might give a dedicated IP which has a better chance of being clean, but only for an additional subscription.
Paid VPNs might also have resource restriction depending on the provider, so you might not be able to use it for torrenting.
Setting up your own VPN
The best way of accessing your games via VPN is, of course, setting up your own. It is very easy and cheap to do so. In most cases, it is cheaper or equally priced as a paid VPN but it offers unlimited bandwidth, a completely clean dedicated IPs and total control over your VPN. Not to mention this is the fastest option as you don’t share the server resources with anyone else!
There are only a few steps that you need to follow to setup your own VPN on a VPS. You can read our guide here!