Esports arena and LAN center owners around the world have been looking for reliable PXE boot software to manage their client machines and the sporadic game update that is now the norm with online games. ggCircuit, whose founders operated esports centers for more than 16 years, had been using software from a now-competitor PXE software provider, found it lacking, and went ahead to create a more robust and reliable network boot solutions that many esports centers are now enjoying.
Time is money, right? Setting up a LAN Center or Esports Arena can be a time-consuming task. Aside from the physical setup of the machines themselves, you’ve also got an entire software environment to configure - installation of the Windows operating system, hardware drivers, game launchers, and games, as well as configuration and customization of each of the above.
We’ve already talked about how diskless boot works in our previous blog, and you should have a general understanding of what it can do. A diskless boot system lets you run your server without requiring network or physical storage to operate.
The Blue Pill and the Red pill both refer to choices. In the movie The Matrix, there are two pills offered to Neo: A blue pill and a red pill. The blue pill will keep him in Wonderland (the world as it seems) while the red pill will show him how deep the rabbit hole goes.
These terms have become metaphors at ggCircuit for embracing the esports venue status quo or seeing a new reality and making a change towards nirvana. These concepts apply to this article in that we will be talking about the two sides of being an esports venue owner, and how to navigate the two sides.
How many of you have faced the daunting task of installing yet another Fortnite update just mere hours before your venue opens for the day — with 40 PCs to go through? What about those huge Call of Duty updates where your ISP is utilizing massive gigabytes of downloaded game updates?