Since its launch in 2007, Vizor Games has been creating games that last.
Built on the founding principle that it only develops games its own team enjoy playing, the company has seen success with the likes of Klondike: The Lost Expedition (the game that pioneered the expedition genre), Klondike Adventures, Atlantis Odyssey and Knights and Brides. With its games boasting millions of players worldwide, Vizor Games has cemented its reputation as a developer of quality games.
And it doesn’t want to stand still. The Vizor Games team is always looking to try new things, meaning the list of games it’s developing is regularly growing. Famous for its mobile and social network games, it has expanded its remit in recent years to develop large-scale cross-platform projects.
Vizor Games’ success has led to a growth in the number of players wanting to play its games and consequently a resulting increase in load on its gaming servers.
“Player experience is our number one priority. We put a lot of time and energy into creating games that we are proud of, and the quality of the gaming experience needs to reflect that. Ensuring stable operation and high availability of the servers on which our games are hosted is key to effectively maintaining a positive player experience. It’s why we choose to use dedicated bare metal servers to run our applications,” said Vladimir Valenteychik, project manager at Vizor Games.
“But we were facing a problem – if you can call having more players wanting to play your games a problem. The player experience that we pride ourselves on was at risk with the load on our servers increasing. We were struggling to balance our mobile game players between the servers because we were using Round-Robin DNS. The issue we had was that if we made any changes in the load balancing configuration it wouldn’t be applied instantly. The delay in the change taking place was inconveniencing players and we needed to adjust our approach.”
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