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Your One-Stop Guide for Hosting a Successful Multiplayer Server

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Hosting your own server has its benefits, such as adjusting the game settings. In this hosting guide or tutorial, we will go in-depth and cover the basics of how to start your successful multiplayer server.
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Creating a multiplayer server can be a difficult but rewarding experience, whether you are just looking to create a custom world for you and your friends in Minecraft or to host a lively and thriving server for Rust players.

Hosting your own server has its benefits, such as adjusting the game settings. In this hosting guide or tutorial, we will go in-depth and cover the basics of how to start your successful multiplayer server.

This will include the initial setup of the server and its necessary maintenance as well as some ways to promote the server itself.

Choosing the Right Game and Server Type

To start hosting your server, you will need to choose the game you would like to host. Minecraft and Rust are very popular games with the option to have the community host servers, though they cater to different audiences.

Minecraft vs. Rust

Minecraft provides a large block sandbox for endless creative building projects and complicated redstone contraptions. It is a relaxing game for players who enjoy a slower pace to think about what to craft or build next.

Hosting a Minecraft server allows you to customize the game with various plugins and mods, such as skins for your characters and new game modes for players to enjoy.

On the opposite end, Rust is a survival game focusing on combat encounters, building defensible structures and watchtowers, and managing or finding resources. This game caters to the more competitive players who may enjoy the occasional PvP battle.

Hosting a Rust server can be a good way to pit rival clans together in the challenge of survival in a hostile environment.

Dedicated, Shared, and Cloud Hosting

Once you’ve got the game you would like to host the server for, you will also need to consider the hosting type you will use. There are three main options:

  • Dedicated server hosting involves renting server space in a cabinet that is dedicated to you to host multiplayer. This type of hosting offers the best performance, stability, and control.
  • Shared server hosting does as the name suggests, share your server resources with other servers. This type of hosting is usually cheaper to maintain, however, this type of hosting is limited concerning performance since its resources are shared.
  • Cloud server hosting offers increased flexibility and scalability, meaning that you can adjust your server’s resources as necessary.

There is always an option to make a free Minecraft server, making this the most cost-effective method.

Setting Up Your Server

Setting up a server for Minecraft or Rust involves several steps, but the process is straightforward with the right guidance.

General Setup Steps

  • Download the Server Software

For Minecraft, you can download the server software from the official website. Rust server software can be obtained from SteamCMD.

  • Install the Software

Follow the installation instructions for your chosen game. This usually involves extracting files and running an initial setup script.

  • Configure the Server

Adjust the server settings to match your preferences. This includes setting the server name, game mode, and other options.

Key Differences in Server Setup

The general setups for all servers in this case are very similar, but now we would like to quickly mention some key differences in Minecraft and Rust server types.

The main difference between Minecraft and Rust is the file types used in the server. Minecraft servers are known to use the following configuration file as a basis: server.properties, whereas Rust uses another file structure like server. cfg for instance.

Configuring Network Settings

Ensuring your server is accessible to players involves configuring network settings, specifically port forwarding.

Port Forwarding

Players can connect to a server with the IP address, and in some cases through a specific server port. This process depends on your network properties, but generally, you will need to:

  1. Access your router’s settings.
  2. Find the port forwarding section.
  3. Create a new port forwarding rule for your server’s port (default is 25565 for Minecraft and 28015 for Rust).
  4. Save the changes and restart your router.

Optimizing Network Performance

To ensure a smooth experience for your players, optimize your network settings by:

  • Cable your server or computer into your router with an Ethernet cable instead of connecting over Wi-Fi.
  • Ensuring your internet connection has sufficient upload speed.
  • Regularly restarting your router to maintain performance.

Enhancing Server Features

Using mods and plugins adds features to your game that would otherwise not be there for players to enjoy.

Popular Plugins and Mods

  • Minecraft: Plugins like WorldEdit, Essentials, and Dynmap add quality-of-life features and tools to your server. Mods like OptiFine and Biomes O’ Plenty can enhance graphics and gameplay.
  • Rust: Plugins like Oxide, RustIO, and MagicLoot also add quality-of-life improvements as well as new features to streamline the player experience.

Installing and Configuring Enhancements

For Minecraft, installing plugins involves placing the plugin files into the plugins folder and restarting the server.

For Rust, you will typically use Oxide to manage and install plugins. Always read the documentation for each plugin or mod to ensure proper installation and configuration.

Managing and Moderating Your Server

Effective server management and moderation are crucial for maintaining a positive community.

Essential Tools for Server Management

  • Minecraft: Tools like Multicraft and McMyAdmin offer web-based interfaces for managing your server.
  • Rust: RustAdmin and RCON tools allow you to manage your server remotely.

Best Practices for Moderation

  • Establish clear rules and guidelines for your server.
  • Use moderation tools to manage player behavior.
  • Regularly communicate with your players to gather feedback and address issues.

Promoting Your Server

Attracting new players to your server involves effective promotion and community engagement.

Effective Ways to Attract New Players

  • Server Lists: Register your server on the popular server listing websites.
  • Social Media: Use platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit to promote your server.
  • Community Forums: Engage with gaming communities and share your server details.

Building and Engaging with Your Server Community

  • Host events and competitions to encourage player participation.
  • Create a Discord server or forum for your community to interact.
  • Regularly update your server with new content and features to keep players engaged.

Ensuring Security and Stability

Maintaining security and stability is essential for a successful multiplayer server.

Protecting Your Server

  • Use anti-cheat plugins and tools to prevent cheating.
  • Update your server software to the newest stable versions and plugins to avoid vulnerabilities.
  • Implement DDoS and other virus injection protections to safeguard against attacks.

Regular Maintenance and Backup Strategies

  • Schedule regular backups of your server data to prevent data loss.
  • Perform routine maintenance to keep your server running smoothly.
  • Monitor server performance and address any issues promptly.

Conclusion

To host a successful multiplayer server, in this case for Minecraft and Rust, you will need to follow the advice above to start a server and make a careful plan for promotions and ongoing maintenance.

By following the tips and best practices outlined in this guide, you can create an engaging and thriving community for your players.

 

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High 5 Games and Caesars Digital Expand Partnership into West Virginia

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High 5 Games, a leading iGaming content provider, is proud to announce its official entry into West Virginia’s iGaming market through a launch on Caesars Digital iGaming platforms.

West Virginia marks the fifth market where High 5 Games and Caesars Digital have collaborated to launch High 5’s catalog of titles on Caesars Digital platforms. Players in West Virginia can now enjoy High 5 Games’ diverse portfolio, including popular titles such as 88 Drums, Da Vinci DeluxeWays, and Green Machine Deluxe, along with the supplier’s unique promotion system, Rapid Rewards, on Caesars Palace Online Casino and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino.

The High 5 Games and Caesars Digital partnership has already elevated the online casino experience for players in Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ontario by bringing fan-favorite titles online.

Anthony Singer, CEO of High 5 Games, commented on the expansion: “We’ve seen positive outcomes from our partnership with Caesars Digital, a prominent operator in the U.S. market, so we look forward to expanding into West Virginia. With our enhanced focus on Power Bet and continuously evolving portfolio, we’re committed to providing unique experiences to the players in West Virginia.”

High 5 Games and Caesars Digital have consistently raised the bar in delivering innovative iGaming experiences to players across North America. The West Virginia expansion is a milestone for their partnership, highlighting their commitment to ongoing growth in the iGaming industry.

Matthew Sunderland, Senior Vice President and Chief iGaming Officer at Caesars Digital, added: “High 5 Games has brought exceptional content to our online casino players in multiple jurisdictions. This expansion to West Virginia will further elevate our portfolio in that market with a new selection of games that should entertain our players.”

 

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Ampverse DMI Partners with Orangutan in Multi-Year Deal; College Rivals BGMI Champions to Join Exclusive Roster

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College Rivals find, Sahil Nagpal gets dream pro debut with Rivals Ape X team

India’s largest Collegiate Esports and Gaming IP, College Rivals, owned by Ampverse DMI, has forged a strategic alliance with Orangutan, a leading esports organization in India. College Rivals, remains committed to offering professional gaming prospects to college students and has awarded its inaugural professional gaming contract to Sahil Nagpal, a student from Jalandhar, Punjab.

He demonstrated his prowess during the Season 1 representing the potential and caliber that this College IP aims to tap, cultivate and unearth as part its commitment to foster grassroot esports talents and provide them with a life changing platform and experience.

Joining Orangutan’s Academy BGMI team, Sahil Nagpal’s achievement not only fulfills his dream of becoming a professional player but also serves as inspiration for millions of others. While College Rivals will continue to empower college gamers, paving their path towards professional success in Season 2, the chosen players will also get a shot at playing for Orangutan as part of this strategic multi year partnership.

Ashwin Haryani, Country Head of Ampverse DMI, India revealed the importance of the partnership, “Ampverse DMI and Orangutan are embarking on a holistic partnership. They understood the concept of us building a talent hunt and making sure the top winners are given a platform to perform at a national and international stage. Beyond competition, our alliance also aims to enrich the esports ecosystem with an exclusive BGMI Team, a merchandise line and brand presence on the jersey of the team, every time they step out to play.”

As part of this partnership, Ampverse DMI and Orangutan will jointly co-own Rivals Ape X, a youth team beginning with a BGMI lineup that will include at least one player from every College Rivals season moving forward. Rivals Ape X, featuring some of the nation’s exciting up and coming players will aim to dazzle nationally and internationally in BGMI tournaments.

As part of the selection process, Orangutan had tried out all the 8 BGMI College Rivals Finalists, from Season 1 through a trial and Sahil was chosen on the basis of his in-game skills, game sense and overall team work.

Jai Shah, Co-Founder of Orangutan, expressed his enthusiasm about the initiative, “I am incredibly excited to introduce Rivals Ape X, our Academy Esports Team, in collaboration with Ampverse DMI and College Rivals. This collaboration marks a significant step in our mission to nurture and develop young, hungry talent, providing them with a bigger platform to showcase their skills. Together with Ampverse DMI, we aim to create a pathway for the next generation of esports champions and build a community where passion, skill, and ambition can thrive. Together, we’re setting the stage for the future of competitive gaming.”

College Rivals Season 2 will see 50+ colleges participating across 22 cities in both offline and online competition format. Any college student from Pan India can register and compete as the preliminary competitions have already been rolled out from July 15 along with diverse entertainment experiences tailored for college students including opportunities to become college ambassadors, purchase exclusive College Rivals merchandise and other interesting initiatives in a groundbreaking gaming format never seen before in India.

The competitions will take place for three gaming titles—BGMI, Valorant, and EA FC 24—with the grand finale being played in February, 2025. The winners from monthly qualifiers will compete in a grand finale for the ultimate battle and a prize pool of up to ₹50,00,000 along with the contract.

 

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RG24seven Virtual Training appoints UK Safer Gambling CEO Victoria Reed As a Strategic Advisor

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RG24seven Virtual Training, the responsible, effective, and free video-based virtual training system for gaming employees, and a BMM Innovation Group company, today announced that Victoria Reed will serve as a Strategic Advisor to help expand operations and social impact across the global gambling industry.

Reed, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Better Change in the UK, will provide business development and strategy to fuel the continued growth of RG24seven Virtual Training.

Wendy Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of RG24seven, said, “I am very pleased to have Victoria join us at this important growth stage of RG24seven. She is an extraordinary leader and excels in all facets of global strategy, innovation, and business development. I look forward to working alongside Victoria and tapping into the wealth of experience and knowledge that she brings.”

Anderson added, “The importance of credible employee training is more critical than ever in today’s global gaming industry. It helps to improve employee performance, morale, and satisfaction, not to mention acting as a safety net against potential fines and violations. Victoria will be a great asset in helping RG24seven expand this message on a global scale.”

Victoria Reed expressed her admiration for RG24seven’s commitment to social impact, their extensive training library, and the exceptional operational excellence led by Wendy and her team.

She said, “It is a tremendous privilege to join RG24seven in a more official capacity. Our shared values emphasize the crucial need for training gambling employees and safeguarding players, all while ensuring that operators can achieve commercial success.”

Reed added, “Our industry is only as strong as the people working within it and by ensuring everyone has access to compliance-grade, responsible training, we can help to sustain our industry and ensure our customers remain free from gambling harm.”

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