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### #Actualhplus0603

Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:26 PM

A Raspberry Pi is $35 and can probably be a lobby server for a thousand players. The hardware cist is not necessarily the problem. The question is more where the machine is located. If you're thinking of running the machine on your home internet connection, there are usually lots of problems with that set-up.$100/month lets you rent a basic online self-managed dedicated server that would be sufficient for all matchmaking needs for any typical indie game. In fact, it might be able to run the forums for your game, too :-) The rock bottom dedicated servers start at about $50/month. Cheaper can be had through "virtual private servers" which are fractions of a server, starting as low as$20/month. Make sure you get enough bandwidth for your needs, though -- if you host your own downloads, it may be expensive otherwise. A VPS is fine for a matchmaker and forums machine, but probably not for actual game server processes, because of the scheduling jitter of virtualization.

### #1hplus0603

Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:24 PM

A Raspberry Pi is $35 and can probably be a lobby server for a thousand players. The hardware cist is not necessarily the problem. The question is more where the machine is located. If you're thinking of running the machine on your home internet connection, there are usually lots of problems with that set-up.$100/month lets you rent a basic online self-managed dedicated server that would be sufficient for all matchmaking needs for any typical indie game. In fact, it might be able to run the forums for your game, too :-)

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