South Africa is one of the fastest-growing gaming markets in the world and as gaming continues to move into the online realm, so the demands on players’ internet connections increase. This is why unshaped internet connections like Fat Pipe from Vox Telecom are coming into their own.

The first place a gamer will tell you they feel the pinch is when it comes to patching their games, regardless of whether they’re hot off the presses or have been part of their library for years.

The vast majority of brand new titles are subject to what’s commonly called a ‘day one’ patch – a content package that has to be downloaded and installed on top of the basic game files (which ship on a disc) before the game can be launched and played.

It’s a serious irritant and one that can weigh in at between one and 20GB, depending on the game.

With that under the belt, gamers have to contend with more regular patches that update content and fix bugs in games on at least a monthly basis.

These can chalk up between 500MB and 2GB of data usage per game, every month.

Add downloadable content such as expansion packs that add extra levels, characters, gameplay and the like to the mix and you can add anywhere between a couple of megabytes to around 20GB of content to the total.

Blink and you’re at 100GB per month. And you haven’t even started browsing the internet, streamed any video or audio, or downloaded a thing.

While it’s true that an average internet connection is capable of coping with this kind of volume, it’s not able to do it in nearly as short a timeframe as a quick, highly prioritised and unshaped connection like Vox Telecom’s Fat Pipe.

It’s the difference between staring at a download status bar and shooting some bad guys in the face. Most gamers would choose the latter.

Patching – while heavy on the monthly bandwidth bill – isn’t the real challenge gamers face, however. As more and more gamers play online, so they need a high quality internet connection to get them into the action, and keep them there.

Here the discussion is all about ping time – the best possible gauge of an Internet connection’s speed, since it’s the measure of time it takes a tiny piece of data (a packet) to travel from the user’s console or PC, to the online game server and back. It’s measured in milliseconds.

You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference a few milliseconds makes – until you’ve seen things as a gamer.

And that’s another reason Vox Telecom’s unshaped Fatpipe is becoming a popular choice.

Unshaped connectivity means every packet gets the same priority as every other. And more specifically, it means that gaming data isn’t shifted to the back of the queue behind what’s often considered more important data.

It’s the difference between a headshot and a bullet hole in the wall. Or the ability to dodge a punch, kick or debilitating magic spell in the nick of time.

If you’re serious about gaming, you’ll be serious about your connectivity and Vox Telecom’s Fat Pipe should be at the top of your list. For more information head over to Vox’s Fat Pipe page.