Gaming Responsibly: How green servers can reduce your carbon footprint

In recent years, we’ve seen companies pushing to be more sustainable. From using less paper to changing how they manufacture their goods. Gaming is no different. But instead of looking at the materials in their products, studios need to look at how much energy they’re using.

One big area is your servers. Even the cloud needs a computer somewhere. And that computer needs power.

What are green servers?

Green servers are designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable. They use less power, so have lower emissions when running. To reduce your carbon footprint, there are typically three approaches you can take:

  1. Use more efficient servers. Find a green provider that uses efficient cooling systems and parts that don’t use loads of power.
  2. Use renewable energy. Look for green hosting providers that get the majority of their power from renewable sources, such as solar or wind.
  3. Optimize your build. The less compute power your game needs to run, the less energy it takes. Green providers will often offer you ways to visualize and manage your usage so you can optimize them.

How to choose a green server hosting provider

Not all providers are green. So how do you make sure you’re choosing the right one? Here’s what we tend to look out for when helping our clients pick greener servers:

How to keep your games green:

Once you’ve chosen a green hosting provider, follow these steps to make the most of your eco-friendly server:

Our orchestrator can help you stay green

Our orchestrator automatically finds the best servers and locations to host your games – saving your team time and money. We work with a huge range of server providers, so if your plan this year is to reduce your carbon footprint and become greener, we can help you find what you’re looking for.

Get in touch with our team

Want to find greener servers? Get in touch with our crew.