Main Features

  1. Premium Network (Direct connection to all major internet backbones)
  2. High-End Server Hardware (Hardware runs under 50% utilization)
  3. Responsive and Knowledgable Customer Support
  4. Custom Game Setups/Hosting Available (IRC Bots etc)
  5. High Tick Servers Supported
  6. Commerical Quality Web Control Panel (TCAdmin)
  7. Voice Server Discount with Order (50% off)
  8. Free Server Reinstalls
  9. Free Location Switch
  10. Free Personalized Subdomain (teamname.midnightgaming.net)
  11. Full FTP Access
  12. Custom Command Line Access
  13. Choice of 3 locations (Chicago, Dallas, LA, NY coming soon)
  14. Discounts for 3, 6, or 12 month rentals
  15. Voice Servers feature any codec
  16. We support the newest games as soon as they are available

For a full list of features and comparison with other game hosts click here.

Our Network

Many game servers are hosted on budget network backbones that provide limited peering to keep the cost low. This results in some players having somewhat low pings while others have bad routing to the server and therefore have higher pings. Also the network can become congested and lose or slow down the flow of data.

Our servers are hosted on the Internap backbone. Internap is THE best network we know of to prevent bad routing and conjestion and why it is our choice for hosting premium game servers. This high performance network provides direct connections to the most number of backbone providers and dynamic rerouting of server to client communications so that each player will get the most direct route to the server resulting in the lowest pings for all players. This is especially important for hosting clan matches where players are connecting from different locations across North America.

From Internap.com:

Performance and Cost Optimization – Applications like Streaming, Gaming and E-transactions tend to necessitate careful monitoring of performance and cost. Our route-control solutions enable these performance-sensitive applications to be deployed over IP networks, and provide an exceptional end-user experience

Internap Features:

  • Redundant, high-speed connections to all major Internet backbones, offering unmatched reliability
  • Intelligent route control technology dynamically identifies the optimal path for your Internet applications
  • Proactive industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) with 100 percent uptime guarantee

Here is a sample traceroute from one of our servers:

Tracing route to cpe-66-27-215-41.socal.res.rr.com [66.27.215.41]
1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms juniperm160-02.lax01.calpop.com [64.27.16.17]
2 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms ge-6-21.car2.LosAngeles1.Level3.net [63.209.82.189]
3 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms ROADRUNNER.car2.LosAngeles1.Level3.net [4.71.36.106]
4 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms POS6-0.GRDNCA1-GSR1.socal.rr.com [24.24.208.13]
5 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms SRP1-1.HWTHCA1-RTR1.socal.rr.com [24.24.208.121]
6 3 ms 3 ms 2 ms 24.24.209.42
7 9 ms 9 ms 9 ms cpe-66-27-215-41.socal.res.rr.com [66.27.215.41]

2-3 ms ping to the local ISP hub router that your cable modem connects to, and 7 hops from server to PC! This shows why our network is the best.

Server Config Options

Tick Rate is a setting in the server configuration that determins how many times per second the server will calculate player positions and send out updates to every player in the game. Higher tick rates give a smoother and more precise feel to the game with crisper movement and more reliable hit detection.

We offer up to 80 tick rate for Unreal Tournament based games and 100 tick rate for Half-Life Source based games (that's up to 80-100 updates per second, compared to 20-35 for many other game host providers).

Higher tick rates cost a little more because it puts more load on the server. However we belive you get what you pay for. A super smooth, high tick rate game server is a pleasure to play on. If you think higher tickrates don't make a difference or cause poor performance, this may be because you have unknowingly played on overloaded and underperforming servers in the past. We urge you to try some of our test srevers and see for yourself if you notice the difference. We think you will.

If you and your team demand the best performance in game servers, we will provide what you need. If you don't require high tick rate for your server that's fine too, we have a range of options available to meet every gamer's needs.

We recommend trying out some of our demo servers to decide for yourself what level of performance you require.

We can host IRC Bots for various games. Currently we have COD4 bots ready to install with your game server.

Hardware

We use custom configured quality SuperMicro brand hardware to run our games. We use fast RAM, fast hard drives, and of course fast CPU's. It just wouldn't make sense to run slow PC's on our high end dedicated Internap network connections. The high tickrate game servers require fast machines, and we aim to deliver solid performance.

An example server configuration is:

  • Dual Quad Core Xeon 5420 CPUs at 2.5GHz on a 1300MHz fsb
  • 16GB FullyBuffered ECC RAM
  • 4x500GB RAID 10 array

Game Control Panel

We provide all of our clients with a top notch web-based control panel to control all aspects of their game server. You can do much more than start/stop your server. You can upload maps and edit config files, perform Steam updates, install map packs and patch upgrades, even monitor activity on your server with graphs showing number of players over the month. Check out a demo of the web based control panel here. Just login with user=demouser and password=demouser.

You will also have full FTP access to your game directory if you prefer to use that method to update files.

If you have a special request or need a different server configuration than those shown in the games page or order form please contact sales@midnightgaming.net and we will be happy to setup a server customized to your needs.