GameRail's Gone

Not enough gamers paid for its lag-free network shortcut

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

April 21, 2008

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GameRail's Gone

12:40 PM -- From the company's Website:

It is with deep regret to announce that the GameRail network has been discontinued at this time. Thank you to the gamers who have participated in the GameRail trial and support of its development as we worked to solve the issues of latency and network quality and their impact on gaming. We believe that latency and network quality will continue to affect the gaming experience and while we are still believers in the GameRail concept, the market does not appear to be ready to support a standalone network for gaming at this time.

Have another look at Craig's profile of GameRail from a year ago to get a sense of how they thought the market would develop. Perhaps it wasn't the wrong business, but it was the wrong business model.

GameRail's not the only recent story of a service provider of sorts backing off the hardcore gamer market. Verizon did, too, when it stopped rebranding a gaming server service, and it no longer makes a big marketing push for FiOS at gaming industry events. (See Verizon's Got Game).

Verizon, however, did make a nice business for itself in delivering casual games at a low price, via flat-fee rentals.

But given what hardcore gamers spend on hardware and soda, other service providers will undoubtedly try to appeal to their need for speed (or their want for differentiation, in the absence of skills). What kinds of services do you see cropping up next for the gaming gods?

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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