Around 1 billion gamers worldwide play online video games across platforms. But the problem of lag is still a pain.
With the growth of eSports and the growing demand for online games, many game studios have shifted their focus from single games to multiplayer games, and many popular games are profitable. highest in the industry.
There is little data available to analyze how players’ problems with internet connectivity affect their game enjoyment. A report on gaming network latency recently released by software company Edgegap in conjunction with independent market research firm Bryter, surveyed 2,000 console, console and mobile gamers in the US and UK in May and June 2022.
The survey, in which respondents spend an average of 8-9 hours a week playing games and are affected by network connectivity issues, causing game lag. Surveyed gamers expressed frustration with game lag, with 51% blaming the game developer rather than the infrastructure the game uses for networking.
Players often opt out of the game when experiencing lag, and this group accounted for 34%. However, the free game is mainly based on in-app purchases, if you quit the game because of lag, it will be a loss for the game developers. The survey results showed:
+ 97% of players experience game lag at some point; + 42% of gamers say “delay” issues keep them from wanting to play; + 50% of players say lag is the biggest problem ;+ 51% of players who experience lag blame the company, publisher or developer managing the server;+ More than 34% of players quit the game due to lag;+ 31% of gamers said they would reduce the resolution resolve the screen and turn off redundant settings to improve performance.
What are the main worries of gamers? Latency and slow response are the most frustrating issues for players on all platforms. The report states that 30% of mobile game players regularly experience lag issues while playing, asking mobile game developers to look closely at how to improve this problem.
Many players will try to restart or continue playing, but 34% will quit the game because they are too bored, do not want to receive more frustration when playing the game anymore.
There can be a number of reasons for lag, but in most cases it is due to the physical distance between the player or between the player and the server. Also, while it’s easy for players to blame internet service providers for connectivity issues, players really have no control over the issue. Game studios are not to blame when their game servers are far away from the players.
In fact, network connection speed has little to do with game lag. The data shows that this problem depends mainly on the distance between the players. Network connection speed will only affect the game if the throughput of the network connection is occupied by other activities such as downloading large files, accessing multitasking.