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Infrastructure for billions of gamers around the world: The experience of Photon

Founded in 2004 for mobile, PC, Web, Console, VR/AR, developers use Photon to create games and applications that offer synchronous real-time multiplayer experiences that scale to millions of players. Photon powers thousands of games and applications which are enjoyed by over +1.2 billion users a month. Over 650,000 developers—including some of the world’s leading companies—trust Photon to fuel their real-time experiences, including EA, Disney, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Oculus, Voodoo, RecRoom, VRChat, BandaiNamco and Scopely.

The goal

Every day, Photon powers game processes for all major game genres (from action, arcade, and hyper-casual to MMO) for billions of gamers around the world. A truly global infrastructure was required for players to have a positive experience.

“Publishers expect us to provide a fast, reliable and scalable platform for their multiplayer games, so that their player’s experience is top notch, regardless of country and device.”

Christof Wegmann

CTO & Founder of Photon

The project requires high CPU and network IO performance, so Photon needs the best available hosting power.

They needed an infrastructure that is able to process a huge number of requests and also repel DDoS attacks to preserve the reputation of studios in the eyes of players.

After analyzing the market options, the engineers at Photon selected Gcore as one of the main providers of server capacity and DDoS protection.

“Gcore has a tremendous experience of working with AAA game studios and publishers around the world — from Bandai Namco to Wargaming. We now have several years of positive experience in our cooperation and feel our infrastructure is in good hands with Gcore.”

Christof Wegmann

CTO & Founder of Photon

The results

One of the success reason of Photon as the #1 network engine in the world is the network of trusted partners to help them. The success of the live games depends not only on the gameplay, but also on the connection stability and performance. Gcore servers help Photon to guarantee the perfect connectivity and continuity of their product.

With the help of Gcore services, Photon operations team do not need to worry about DDoS attacks, and they can scale the infrastructure fast. This reduces the time for launching new regions worldwide and significantly saves costs.

Why Photon chose Gcore Hosting and Protection

  • Tier III and Tier IV certified data centers around the world
  • Variety of configurations and upgrade possibilities
  • DDoS protection
  • 24/7 noc support

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  • Founded: 2004
  • Location: USA / Germany
  • Industry: Gaming
  • Service: Hosting, DDoS Protection

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