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Online Games Move to BitTorrent

Online Games Move to BitTorrent

Added: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Everyone understands that when the issue is about transferring large amounts of information at high speeds, nothing can compete with BitTorrent. This is why Eve Online, a popular Internet game (which is something like World of Warcraft), has decided to adopt and integrate BitTorrent protocol into the game launcher.


Eve Online is a great space-based MMORPG introduced almost a decade ago. Today, the game accounts for over 500,000 subscribers from all over the world. Just as almost any massive-multiplayer online game, this one uses a game launcher in order to keep gamers updated with the latest patches and fixes. However, this requires much of bandwidth, which makes the common way of transferring large amounts of data more of a burden for both the gamers and the game developers.

According to CCP Games, it’s sometimes a little cumbersome to update the EVE client, and many users have to download a full client install once again because the EVE Launcher patching fails. Taking into account their own desire to push out EVE client updates more frequently and reliably, it is no surprise that the company tried to find ways to improve the overall user experience and therefore decided to modify the game’s launcher.

The company investigated various distribution and update instruments and has chosen a widely used and battle-tested BitTorrent protocol. The main reason for this is that the protocol itself is able to utilize many various transport channels simultaneously and is thus less prone to failing. The company’s previous mechanism was built on HTTP 1.1 only, but the latter wasn’t developed for transferring large amounts of information. In the meanwhile, BitTorrent doesn’t have such problem, because it is able to run on top of many protocols. In addition, it does a double validation of transferred information and allows to prioritize files over others when downloading. The latter advantage opens up a whole lot of possible future improvements to the user experience. For example, it allows to create the character while the game is still installing.

Some of the gamers fear that BitTorrent can eat up their outgoing bandwidth, but the company assures that this won’t be a problem. The matter is that by default the new launcher will only enable you to share the information required for installing the client. After your download is complete you won’t distributing it to others if you don’t indicate otherwise.

March 26th,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-03-26 21:07:07)
No avatarthanks

posted by Blocked (2013-03-27 13:06:52)
No avatarwow done that for like 2 years now unless im wrong/remember wrong.but i highly doubt that

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