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Splitgate dev 'can't just buy more servers' to deal with exploding player numbers

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Splitgate, an arena FPS that's basically Halo with portals (opens in new tab), has quite literally become a victim of its own success. Having already postponed its departure from early access (opens in new tab) while it sorts out server issues, developer 1047 Games this weekend tried to explain why the solution isn't as simple as buying more servers.

Coming into August, Splitgate began exceeding 50,000 concurrent players on Steam, with 100,000 concurrents across all platforms (opens in new tab). Unfortunately, the small studio's servers haven't quite kept up, with players reportedly waiting upwards of 90 minutes to get into a match.

Taking to TikTok, server engineer Olly Freeman likened the situation to opening a small restaurant—and explained that the team can't simply "buy more tables" if there's nobody to hire the waiters and chefs to feed those extra mouths.

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"The rate of growth of our playerbase is faster than the rate we can increase server capacity," 1047 Games further explained via Twitter (opens in new tab). "We are working on a long-term solution to greatly increase server capacity to well over 100k concurrent but this takes time."

In the meantime, 1047 has set up a new Splitgate Status (opens in new tab) Twitter account to provide periodic updates on the game's server situation, while the game's official Discord server should provide live information on how long you can expect to get into a game.

Splitgate is currently set to launch sometime later this month, and will arrive with three new maps—and hopefully, queue times shorter than a feature-length film.

Natalie Clayton
Features Producer

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.