Net neutrality

The week's highs and lows in PC gaming

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Each week PC Gamer probes the previous seven days to scientifically establish what rocked our world and made us despair for its future. As usual, we begin with the good stuff…

The future of PC gaming: eSports, livestreaming, and fiber Internet

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All week long, we're peering ahead to what the future holds for the PC gaming industry. Not just the hardware and software in our rigs, but how and where we use them, and how they impact the games we play. Here's part two of our five-part series; stay tuned all week for more from the future of PC gaming.

The future of PC gaming is online. So is the present, actually—Twitch livestreams and massive League of Legends tournaments are already integral pieces of the PC gaming community. As the audiences for livestreams and eSports surge over the next few years, our broadband infrastructure's going to be hard-pressed to keep up. Here's our look at what the future holds for online gaming: bigger and better eSports, the culture of livestreaming, and the slow spread of fiber Internet that could hold us back from our gigabit dreams.

How net neutrality affects PC gamers

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Net neutrality taking a beating isn't going to stop you from playing Battlefield, or prompt restrictive bandwidth caps overnight that make it harder to download games from Steam. Tuesday's decision likely won't affect your day-to-day gaming at all.

But net neutrality is still something you should care about. If you've ever streamed a game on Twitch, followed an amazing speedrunning event like Awesome Games Done Quick, or watched a YouTube archive of a world record solo eggplant run in Spelunky, Tuesday's ruling could impact elements of the PC gaming community you care about.

New rules on FUPs from Ofcom

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Tired of your broadband connection slowing to a crawl just as that sniper appears on the BF3 horizon? New rules from Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, aren't going to end the problem of randomly rising ping times, but at least they'll help you understand why.

In a document published today, Ofcom's approach to net neutrality, the regulator spells out its thoughts on traffic management. ISPs should be clear about their policy, and describe in an easily accessible format that customers can use to compare services transparently.

Chile legislates net neutrality

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Chile has beaten the rest of the free world to legislating a net neutrality law. It now appears to be illegal for a Chilean ISP to restrict certain websites or offer a tiered service where you must pay a higher rate to get better websites. The law was passed with an incredible majority of 100 votes for, 0 against, and one abstaining vote (that's what you get for sleeping in the senate, son). The actual wording of the law is, obviously, in Spanish. Here's the page via Google translate.

[Slashdot via Gamepolitics]