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Virgin Media hosted STEAM Content server?

Can someone at Virgin please look into this?

 

Surely someone at Virgin can see the benefits of this and it would give them some positive press within the gaming community too.

 

The server could be "Filtered" so only those "On network" would be using the server.

 

The benefits to customers would be a constant speed to the content server, without being at the mercy of time of day or BIG game releases when using the public content servers.

 

All customers using Steam would benefit as downloads would be "local".

 

The benefit to Virgin as an ISP would be LESS "external" traffic which I assume would be cheaper for them.

 

If anyone is interested, there is information here:

 

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3326-TDKV-4603

 

Thoughts?

 

Can anyone forward this to those with the power to investigate the posibilities?

 

I will gladly help myself in any way possible if it would help.

 

Virgin + Valve = WIN Smiley Happy

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I agree this would be a great idea and looks like they allow isp to filter so jsut there own users use it.

This would stop slow links between VM and other hosts.

The specs of the system are not to bad. to get one system up would only costs £1000-2000 and you could add afew of them.

Something i hope VM will look into. if there is 1gbps traffic now leaving the VM network for game downloads then thast 1gbps more traffic for other skype and gaming traffic over your peering connections.
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I think this is an excellent idea, and it'd be great if this were free from the traffic management too.

 

Surely it'd save a fortune in bandwidth costs for Virgin.

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Re: Virgin Media hosted STEAM Content server?

I think this would be a great idea too.

 

When I download a steam game, they can be tens of gigabytes for some, and I reach the cap really very quickly. I assume this is also putting a lot of load on the network, and if the performance over the last year is anything to go by, the last thing the network needs is more load. I'm on cable.

 

It'd win favour with lots of gamers. One of my main reasons for choosing VM in the first place was because I wanted a quick and reliable connection for gaming. It turned out to be a horrendous decision as the performance and reliability has been dreadful for me, but in other areas, and now mine is fixed, it's a good selling point. Word certainly travels quickly around the gaming community too (which is a large segment of young people nowadays!).

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Re: Virgin Media hosted STEAM Content server?

Good idea, I find the UK servers slow so have to use other EU ones sometimes.

 

I think Blueyonder had one before?

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I think its a fantastic idea, really had my fill of buying games from Steam (or any other digital distributor) then having to wait until after 9pm to get them. If this avoids that and means we dont slow down other users its win win Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Virgin Media hosted STEAM Content server?

give passed teh idea onto vm and they have told me they will pass the idea to the network team so fingers crossed
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Re: Virgin Media hosted STEAM Content server?

Nice one.

 

Did you refer them back to this thread so they may update us?

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Re: Virgin Media hosted STEAM Content server?

+1 for this idea.

 

I'm almost certain that, back in the mists of time, Telewest used to host some CounterStrike servers.

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This would be great. VM's fibre optic cable already has a good rep amongst gamers for its speed. This would make them even more popular.

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