The typical gamer knows little or nothing about how the internet works, what makes this magic connection between his progress in a multiplayer game with the server and the other players. For those who are both gamers and network engineers is a pain to see that the path to consoles-less gaming experience is full of traps placed from the companies that provide internet backbone connectivity.
Every now and then I evaluate the status of cloud gaming for the reason that I both love gaming and networks. Unfortunately few things have changed in the past years, especially for those European gamers located far from the IX Mecca of North Europe.
Evaluating a well-known cloud gaming provider (Vortex) I found out the thing that I was expecting. I am located in Athens and the nearest server farm for this service is in Milan (IBM Cloud). A packet round trip time for this distance is about 25ms. What was the reason that Vortex's test tool scored my connection as fair with total latency of ~75ms?
10 out of those 75ms is my last mile (VDSL) connection latency. All the remaining delay is due to the fact that the upstream provider (OTEGLOBE) my ISP (Cosmote) uses, interconnects with this (major) cloud service provider in London! WHAT? Yes, this is the reason. Data have to travel back and forth from North to South Europe... the obvious direct path is not so obvious for some people.
Are there any technical issues that depict this situation? Yes and No. Can it be solved? Surely, yes. There must be at least one location in South Europe that internet backbone providers should use to exchange traffic. Till then, the traps are there and cloud gaming for half of Europe is not a option.
# ADDRESS LOSS SENT LAST AVG BEST WORST STD-DEV STATUS 1 188.8.131.52 0% 1 10ms 10 10 10 0 2 athe-asr99a-nion-asr9kc.backb... 0% 1 10.4ms 10.4 10.4 10.4 0 3 kolasr01-hu-0-5-0-0.ath.otegl... 0% 1 9.9ms 9.9 9.9 9.9 0 4 184.108.40.206 0% 1 51.5ms 51.5 51.5 51.5 0 5 bbr01.lon01.networklayer.com 0% 1 51.3ms 51.3 51.3 51.3 0 6 ae5.cbs01.tg01.lon01.networkl... 0% 1 52.6ms 52.6 52.6 52.6 0 7 ae0.cbs01.xn01.fra01.networkl... 0% 1 63.3ms 63.3 63.3 63.3 0 8 100% 1 timeout 9 ae21.dar01.mil01.networklayer... 0% 1 71.4ms 71.4 71.4 71.4 0 10 po1.fcr01b.mil01.networklayer... 0% 1 72.2ms 72.2 72.2 72.2 0