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The World's Top Cities With Great Gaming Culture and Low Ping

The World's Top Cities With Great Gaming Culture and Low Ping

According to Speedtest owner Ookla, Singapore is the 4th best gaming city when it comes to latency. 

Singapore is placed behind chart-leader Bucharest, Romania, and Chinese cities Hangzhou and Chengdu.

Source: Speedtest
Source: Speedtest

Ookla examined February 2019 Speedtest results in 35 cities that are known for their esports events, gaming conferences, game companies and more to find out who has the advantage and ranked them based on their ping.

(Note: Ping refers to the network latency between a player's client and the game server as measured with the ping utility or equivalent. Ping is reported quantitatively as average time in milliseconds (ms). The lower one's ping is, the lower the latency is and the less lag the player will experience.)

Here are the results for the top 11, with the full results available on their blog:

Source: Speedtest
Source: Speedtest

First place Bucharest, Romania is home to super-low ping, a lightning fast download speed and thriving gaming culture.

From Bucharest Gaming Week (which includes the CS:GO Southeast Europe Championship and the FIFA National Tournament) to their numerous local game studios, Bucharest is a great place to be a gamer whether you’re online or out and about.

The next five gaming cities with the lowest pings are all in Asia.

Fourth place Singapore, host of the 5th Annual GameStart Convention in October 2018, had only a slightly slower ping than the first four cities and the fastest download speed of any of the cities we considered.

South Korea is home to the fifth and sixth best cities for gamers. A satellite city of Seoul, Seongnam-si boasts the Pangyo Techno Valley (a.k.a. the Silicon Valley of Korea) and numerous game development companies. Perfect for a city with a 9 ms ping.

Though Incheon’s ping was a little slower at 12 ms, gamers there can console themselves with the city’s gamer cred -- the 2018 League of Legends World Championship was held in Incheon’s Munhak Stadium.

Coming in at number seven, Budapest, Hungary is an emerging game city, having hosted its first big esports event (the V4 Future Sports Festival) in 2018, but a 12 ms ping makes them a strong contender.

More established Malmö, Sweden is number eight with a slightly slower average download speed but the city is headquarters to Massive Entertainment, creators of Tom Clancy’s The Division series, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations and many more.

Vancouver, Canada, North America’s only qualifier for the top gaming cities list, comes in at number nine with a 12 ms ping and many gaming companies including the Canadian arms of Nintendo of Canada and EA (Electronic Arts).

Both Shanghai, China and Moscow, Russia on the top gamer cities list as both had a 12 ms ping as well, though the internet speeds in Shanghai are superior. Shanghai will also host the International Dota 2 in 2019 while Moscow is known for Epicenter.

This article was originally written by Isla Mcketta, the Content Manager at Ookla.

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