In the online gaming world, the specter of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks looms large, posing a significant threat to game servers, undermining player experiences, and jeopardizing developers’ reputations. Gcore DDoS Protection was created with this challenge in mind and has proven itself in shielding popular gaming titles, and Gcore is always ready to support protection of new titles like Palworld and Enshrouded from cyberattacks.
The Challenge of DDoS Attacks in Online Gaming
As online gaming evolves, DDoS attacks have become a prevalent threat, capable of disrupting game servers and ruining the gaming experience. Games like Palworld and Enshrouded, with their complex online environments, are potential targets for such attacks.
Recent data, including insights from Gcore Radar report, highlights disturbing trends in cybersecurity, particularly in the online gaming sector:
- Targeting of the gaming industry: The gaming industry has become one of the top three most attacked industries. This upsurge can be attributed to the industry’s rapid growth and the increasing financial stakes involved.
- Increasing attack sophistication: The complexity and volume of DDoS attacks are on the rise, with attackers employing ever-more advanced techniques to disrupt servers.
- Impact on high-profile games: Games like Palworld and Enshrouded, with their massive player bases (Palworld peaking at over 2 million players and Enshrouded at over 160,000) are particularly attractive targets. Creating a server is intentionally simple for these games to ensure accessibility. The result? A vast amount of competition between server creators, meaning players can simply switch servers as soon as they experience disruption from a DDoS attack.
DDoS Impacts on Server Administrators
A successful DDoS attack can have far-reaching consequences for server owners:
- Financial loss: Downtime caused by DDoS attacks can lead to significant financial losses, both in terms of direct revenue loss (e.g., through disrupted in-game purchases) and the costs associated with mitigating the attacks and restoring services.
- Loss of players: Frequent or prolonged server outages can frustrate players, leading to a decrease in active users and a potential loss of a loyal player base.
- Reputation damage: The reliability of a game is crucial to its success. DDoS attacks can harm a game’s reputation, making it difficult to attract new players or retain existing ones.
- Increased operational costs: Responding to and recovering from DDoS attacks requires resources, leading to increased operational costs for developers and server hosts.
Gcore DDoS Protection: Made with Gaming in Mind
Gcore provides DDoS protection services for an extensive list of popular game titles. Recently we introduced tailored DDoS countermeasures for games built on Unreal Engine, so we have already got Palworld covered.
As for other new titles built on in-house engines, like Enshrouded, we ensure that players can enjoy these games without fear of disruptive DDoS attacks and develop countermeasures on demand. Responding to the unique needs of the gaming industry, we prioritize minimal latency and swift DDoS mitigation, essential for real-time online games like Palworld and Enshrouded.
Gcore DDoS Protection also includes:
- A comprehensive global scrubbing network to filter malicious traffic
- Real-time threat detection using advanced algorithms and machine learning
- Scalable defenses, suitable for games of any size
- Round-the-clock expert support for constant monitoring and proactive assistance
In the face of increasing DDoS threats, game developers and platforms need robust, specialized DDoS protection to ensure a secure and uninterrupted gaming experience. With Gcore DDoS Protection, your online game servers will provide the seamless and engaging experiences that your players expect.
To safeguard your game’s server against DDoS threats and ensure smooth gameplay, simply contact us and we’ll tailor DDoS protection to your game server’s unique characteristics.