Protect Yourself with The Best VPN for Gaming

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are an easy way to help hide your online activity from prying eyes, and though the technology has been around for a long time, it’s received renewed interest lately thanks to recent legislation. But which is the best VPN? And what if you want to use it for gaming?To figure you out which VPN services are the best, IGN has completed deep-dive reviews of the most popular services to find the best VPN app. (Just to note, we’re not focusing on free VPNs here—only paid options, but stay tuned for more on that) The Best VPNs won’t just let you buy games and play games with other users outside of your usual country, they’re also extremely important for keeping your data secure. If these are things that interest you read on for our picks for the Best VPN for Gaming.

TL;DR – These are the Best VPNs for Gaming:

1. Private Internet Access

Best Gaming VPN

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Private Internet Access

On Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access (read our review) is the best example of function over form as it features a rather crude interface but offered the best performance of all the VPNs we tested, has over 2,000 servers and is quite affordable too. We also like that it offers a few extra features such as the ability to block ads automatically and a kill switch to terminate your Internet connection if the VPN drops. It’s not much to look at but who cares? It’s fast and affordable, and won’t interfere with your gaming much, if at all.

Private Internet Access is offered in three pricing tiers, listed below:

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2. IPVanish VPN

Best Interface

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IPVanish (read our review) delivered excellent performance and has a slick, informative interface, though you’ll end up paying a bit more for that fancy UI. It’s worth it though as you can see how busy individual servers are before connecting, and even filter them by latency. It even lets you cycle your IP address periodically for increased protection. We really liked IPVanish overall and it’s high on our list for sure.

If you’d like to give IPVanish a spin, it offers three pricing tiers for you to check out:

3. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

Best Lifetime VPN

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KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

On KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

If you’re just looking for the least expensive VPN, look no further than KeepSolid VPN Unlimited (Read our review). It even offers a lifetime subscription for only $199, making it insanely cheap depending on your age. It can be used on up to five devices and offers a simple and easy to use interface.

If you want to try KeepSolid it offers monthly, annual, or lifetime subscriptions:

4. VyprVPN

The Fastest VPN

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If you’re more concerned about maximum performance than absolute privacy, VyprVPN (read our Review) was made for you. It smoked all the other VPNs we’ve tested in our download and upload speed tests, and has an informative and intuitive interface as well. It also hung tough in our evening and afternoon latency tests too, making it a very competitive VPN overall. If you feel the need for speed, give VyprVPN a whirl.

VyprVPN offers a basic and a premium service, both of which are available for a fairly standard VPN price ranges:

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VyprVPN premium:

5. PureVPN

A Great Overall VPN

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PureVPN (read our review) is sort of the jack of all trades VPN that wasn’t the absolute fastest VPN in our tests, but it was faster than most and certainly fast enough. It also has servers in the most countries of any VPN we’ve tested, with a staggering 141 countries available. It’s also supported on up to five devices, and also lets you allow only certain apps to run through the VPN, which is handy when you want maximum performance for specific apps, but privacy for other apps. Also if you buy a two-year plan, it’s the cheapest VPN we’ve seen at just $2.95 a month.

If you want to give it a try PureVPN offers three payment plans. The price of a month-to-month plan of $10.95 a month is average — you may save a buck a month or pay a buck a month more on other services. Its two-year plan offers one of the lowest monthly charges that we’ve encountered for a high-quality VPN, however, at only $2.95 a month. It’s a great price.

What to look for in a VPN Service for Gaming

We wrote a beginner’s guide to VPNs and why you should use one here, so go read that first if you’re not up to speed. The short version? A VPN passes all your network traffic through its own encrypted connection no matter where you are, ensuring no one else, including your ISP, can see what you’re doing online. There’s a lot of nuance here—like whether the VPN itself is keeping a log of your activities—but that’s the gist of it.

Though VPNs are great for security and privacy, at the end of the day they’re rerouting your web traffic through their own servers, which impacts upload and download speeds as well as latency – a big drawback for gamers. This doesn’t mean gaming is automatically a high-ping lagfest, because if the game’s server is close to the VPN’s server then all is fine.

Gamers using a VPN will also be able to connect to multiplayer servers in Korea or other territories that are sometimes closed off to them, and in some instances can even do so with much better ping. Gaming on a VPN also protects gamers from DDoS attacks. Finally, using a VPN will let gamers purchase and play games not yet released in their own country, although all gamers should remember this may violate a game or service’s Terms of Service.

We tested these VPN services by connecting to game servers both near and far, and examining how it affected our ping and download/upload speeds. We also took into account the number of servers the VPN offers, how easy it was to use, and price.

We’ve also created a simple comparison chart for the best VPN services, allowing you to easily see basic pricing and features. Keep in mind all the VPNs in this chart have more features than are listed here, so this is just a very basic summary.

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