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How to Reduce Lag in MOBA and RTS Games

Lag sucks. Every gamer can agree with this statement. In this article we discuss what lag is, and some solutions for reducing lag in MOBAs and hopefully for winning more games!

MOBAs are so last year.

Battle Royale games are currently the hottest trending game genre, with a new title coming out what seems like every other day. BUT, this doesn’t mean that MOBAs are going anywhere. MOBA titles are still the most played games and have the largest communities out there.

Regardless of the game or genre you play, whether it is League of Legends, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, Paragon, or even StarCraft II, a universal truth that resonates with every single multi-player gamer out there is: Lag sucks.

What is lag?

Lag is the term used to describe impaired computer functionality often associated with network performance. There are three important factors to your connection: ping (latency), jitter and packet loss.

Ping (latency) is a measurement of the time it takes a packet (piece of data) to get from one device to another, such as from your PC to a game server, or vice-versa.

Jitter, sometimes referred to as stuttering, is the fluctuation of latency over time (standard deviation); high jitter gives you unpredictable performance and can really affect your game play when perfect timing is essential.

Packet Loss is the percentage of packets that don’t arrive at their destination within a certain amount of time. Some “lost” packets are really just slow, but so slow they get ignored by the game server. When packets are lost, your commands may be ignored. When packet loss is especially high, you risk rubber-banding or the possibility of being disconnected.

While playing any online competitive game, you want ping, jitter and packet loss to all be as low as possible for the most responsive and accurate gameplay.

Tip: You can view your Ping, Jitter and Packet-loss for any supported game by using Haste Check and/or Post Game Recap in the Haste Client!

Switch to Ethernet

It’s really quite simple, and a number of game companies have been preaching this for some time now: Get off of WiFi while gaming!

WiFi was never intended for gaming, as there are many variables that can cause disruption, leading to packet loss and higher ping. You can read more about why WiFi is killing your gaming success here.

If hard-wiring an Ethernet cable isn’t possible (or practical), then your next best solution is a powerline ethernet kit.

Tune your rig

A healthy running computer is essential to gaming performance.

If your FPS (frames per second) is below 30 fps, you will struggle keeping up with other players running at 60 fps or higher. Do what you can to increase your FPS!

Here’s a checklist to achieve the best frame-rate possible:

  • Make sure your computer meets the game’s suggested system requirements
  • Keep Windows updated
  • Update your drivers
  • Fine-tune your in-game settings to find the “sweet spot” for performance vs visuals

Install Haste

Haste is new network technology that can reduce lag, jitter and packet loss in many competitive multiplayer games.

Haste relies on its patent-pending network software to give your game the best possible connection. Using multipathing to connect your PC to the game servers, Haste reduces packet loss, jitter, and ping. Our custom network infrastructure is monitored in real-time, meaning the more you use Haste, the more Haste will learn about your connection to ensure you have the best available routes. You can read more about Haste’s technology here.

There’s no better time to try Haste and see how it stabilizes your connection to the game servers, lowers your ping and might even help you win more games!

Has lag cost you games? Or worse yet, has it cost you a promotional series in your ranked games? Try Haste for free today and let us know on our Discord channel how much it helps your connection!

Did you know?

Haste uses custom-built network software and infrastructure that smartly routes your game traffic down the best paths to the game servers. Start your free trial; Together we will defeat lag!