Do You Need Your Own Gaming Servers in 2023?

It used to be that talk about servers was vitally important to the gaming community experience. The Xbox 360 was better than the PlayStation Network, or so the internet discourse said. Dedicated servers were expected and rarely received.

Today that discussion seems to be a thing of the past. Online games have improved and, by and large, the conversation has moved onto other, more “important” things, like acquisitions and monthly active users.

That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect in every online game and even in 2023 you might want to consider setting up your own gaming servers.
This isn’t for everybody – it can be a little pricey. But you can get a second hand refurbished server for less than you might expect. Obviously, if you want everything new, you’ll have to adjust your budget accordingly.

But the benefits are undeniable. It can certainly create a safer gaming environment for players who want more control and less lag in their lives. And naturally, you’ll get complete control over who you’ll allow into your games. This can be amazing for titles like CS:GO, where maybe you’ve had enough of the sometimes toxic community. Custom private servers allow all of the game, and none of the bad attitude.

Refurbished servers run just like new. Visit a website like and you’ll see a selection of differently-priced offerings. It’ll be important to do your research based on which games you’re wanting to play, so that you can figure out what is best for your needs. That’ll include how many people you’re planning to host and what you’re expecting to use the server for.

For example, Minecraft can be quite difficult to run because of the sheer amount of modding that can be available for that game. If that’s what you’ve got planned, it might be worth looking into things a little bit more deeply.

Servers control many important parts of online gaming, from player locations and scores to physics and load-outs. They don’t control things that are worked out locally, such as graphics. But that still leaves you a lot of things to play around with.

Naturally, there is a lot of help out there for you, if this is the way you’re planning on going. The internet community is full of people who have seen the highs and lows of running their own gaming server, and they’ll be happy to help.

And yes, there will be some lows. The costs don’t stop once you’ve bought the technology. You’ll need to keep it running, and maintain it to a decent level. Expect a decent jump in your electricity bill, especially if you’re planning to open your server up to members of the public.

This can be quite a fun task for the right kind of person. If you’re at all interested in the technical side of server management – from powering up right through to security concerns – you’ll have a whale of a time running your own gaming server.

blankTo continue the theme of researching your purchase, it’s also worth noting that not all games support dedicated servers. Setting them up can sometimes be challenging too. But, again, you will always be able to find guides if you search the web.

If you’ve found this article, there’s a good chance you’re already sold on the idea of running your own gaming servers. Even today, the challenge for many hardcore gamers will be well worth the rewards. You’ll have an increase in control over your gaming experience – who you let in, what you play, and how well it runs.

You’ll have the ability to customise and enjoy your favourite games in a whole new and exciting way. It is the ultimate way of playing online video games, but with that comes work many might not be able to put in.

And, as always happens with projects like this, you might just learn something along the way. That can never be a bad thing.


Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He’s written two books and a web series, and doesn’t have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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