Online Game Deployment is a core business process for online game publishers. It includes all of the activities required to get a game ready to play on the player's system, such as download, install, update/patch, launch and repair functionality.
Your goal as a game company is to keep your players playing the game and happy. Your players are valuable, so you strive to keep your gameplay interesting, challenging, and engaging for them.
Trying to find a commercially viable game patching solution or a download manager that’s built for your type of game isn’t necessarily easy. Typically, game makers must roll their own solutions, but with that come the risks associated with most technology projects:
If your download manager or game patching process cause too much friction, you risk losing players.
Some new players may abandon your game simply if it's a pain for them to download. Associating your game with a bad download experience can be a costly mistake that you don't want to make.
In the course of building a new game, you might not be thinking too much about your download manager, launcher interface, or game patching strategy. It’s easy to underestimate just how important these and many other aspects of game deployment are to the sustained success of your game.
Best Practices in Patch Management; Part 3 of 3
Learn about the best practices for online game patching to ensure the best possible experience for your gamers in this three-part series.
Best Practices in Patch Management: Part 2 of 3
Learn about the best practices for online game patching to ensure the best possible experience for your gamers in this three-part series