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  • Play in privacy and security
  • Hide your IP in Discord and other chats
  • Protect yourself from DDoS attacks
VPN for gaming

Why do you need a VPN for gaming?

Enjoy awesome speed

Do you have questions like “how to get better ping in Fortnite?” One way to do this is to stop Internet Service Providers (ISP) from throttling your data. They analyze your data and limit your bandwidth when you’re engaged in intense activities, such as playing online multiplayer games. Stop them with Surfshark and enjoy the speed you deserve!

Get early access to games by switching time zones

Pre-loading is nice, but what if you could pre-load the pre-load? Switch your VPN server to one in the timezone that’s getting the pre-load (or just the release) the earliest. Get that day-one streaming advantage!

Get Distributed Denial of Service protection

You don’t want to lose a match because your internet connection was intentionally crashed, do you? To DDoS (“execute a distributed denial of service attack”) you, some cheating loser has to know your IP (Internet Protocol). But when you’re connecting via a VPN, they can only get the VPN server’s IP. Let them try their tricks on that - we will be ready.

Surfshark does not encourage using a VPN in any way that would potentially violate the Terms of Service of other service providers.

How to set up Surfshark VPN for gaming

STEP 1

Pick a plan that suits your needs.

STEP 2

Download the app that suits your device.

STEP 3

Log in & game on!

A gaming VPN for all your consoles and devices

There are so many platforms for gaming out there – and we got you covered no matter what. Download our easy-to-use apps or set up smart DNS for devices that don’t support apps and get back to gaming.

Remember: you get unlimited simultaneous connections with a single account – secure all of your devices!

VPN for Xbox

VPN for Xbox

Available on Xbox One, Series S & Series X

VPN for PlayStation

VPN for PlayStation

Available on PS4 & PS5

FAQ

Does using a VPN affect gaming?

No, a VPN will not affect gaming. Just make sure you’re not connected to a far-off server! There are two ways you could do this:

  1. Use the Quick Connect feature on our apps. It will automatically select the server closest to you and with the lowest load. This way, you will get the best speed.
  2. Use Smart DNS for devices that do not support VPN apps – such as Apple TV, Xbox, or PlayStation. Smart DNS, however, doesn’t offer the same security and privacy benefits as a VPN. But if you only want to change your location while also benefiting from the best speed, it’s a great option!

If you’re worried about the VPN’s impact on system resources, you shouldn’t. A VPN uses a negligible amount of computer juice to do what it needs to do.

Does a VPN cause lag? Can a VPN reduce ping?

In very specific circumstances, a VPN can reduce ping. That is, if your internet service provider engages in bandwidth throttling, using a VPN will improve your online gaming speed. 

Why? Because an ISP needs to check your traffic to see if you’re gaming and slow down your connection. A VPN encrypts your traffic, making it unreadable to the ISP. And if it doesn’t know that you’re gaming, it can’t throttle the connection!

Otherwise, a VPN can cause some lag. A VPN connection routes your data via a VPN server, and this adds another stop between your device and the game’s server. And the more steps there are, the more lag there will be. Of course, if you connect to the server nearest to your location, the lag should be negligible.

Do pro gamers use a VPN?

Some pro gamers use a VPN. They have various reasons for this: preventing high ping that comes from bandwidth throttling; preventing DDoS attacks; and stopping possible SWATing attempts. Not all cases apply to all of them, but VPNs do have uses in the pro gaming circuit.

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