The best VPN for gaming

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Gaming online with a VPN can help to lower ping, minimize lag, and enhance connectivity.

Whether you’re at school, traveling abroad, or using a public Wi-Fi network, ExpressVPN is the best VPN for gaming.

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Here's why ExpressVPN is the best gaming VPN

In addition to being one of the fastest VPN services around for gaming, ExpressVPN also offers the following essentials for online gamers:

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Powerful protection

Mask your IP and avoid DDoS attacks. Benefit from 256-bit AES, leak protection, a kill switch, and split tunneling.


Boosted connectivity

Enjoy unlimited, premium bandwidth. Minimize ping and lag with VPN servers in 105 countries.

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Bypass throttling

Limit your ISP from slowing your connection. With a VPN, data can’t be inspected, so your bandwidth won’t be throttled.

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Access more online

Get the latest DLC and games from early launch date countries. Play games even if they’re censored where you are.*

Access content you want on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and other devices.

Play on all devices

Whether you prefer to play on a PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC, tablet, or phone, ExpressVPN has you covered.

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Game without borders

No matter where you are around the world, simply change your region and play together with your friends.*

How to game with ExpressVPN

What is a gaming VPN?

A gaming VPN, or virtual private network, is a secure tunnel between your gaming device and the internet. Gaming online with a VPN can help with optimizing speed and stability, provide security against DDoS attacks, and protect against ISP throttling.

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How does a VPN reduce ping?

Ping, or latency, refers to the time it takes for information—in this case, packets of data—to be sent from your machine to a server and its subsequent response time. Ping is measured in milliseconds, so the lower the ping number, the faster the connection.

Shorter connection routes between your device and gaming servers are preferable for lowering ping as they reduce any noticeable delays between your actions and what happens in-game. Using a VPN can help to shorten this route by connecting to a VPN server closer to the gaming server.

What is a good ping for gaming?

What is a good ping for gaming?

A good ping can vary across what games you're playing or your playing style. It is important to note that it is impossible to achieve 0 ping. That said, here's a general outline of ping speeds:

Under 20ms

This usually means clean, crisp visuals and quick reaction times. Gamers should not be experiencing lag.


Very good
The most common range for gamers looking for smooth and responsive gameplay on local or regional servers.


Gamers connecting to international servers are often in this range. Expect occasional lag and some dip in performance.


While not unplayable, pings in this range can be extremely annoying. Expect lags during gameplay and pixelation in graphics.

Over 300ms

To some gamers, pings in this range are absolutely unplayable. Gamers will notice lag, delays in response times, and stuttering in graphics.

Whether you’re slaying demons, building strange new worlds, or taking your team to the playoffs, get more out of the most popular gaming titles. ExpressVPN makes it more enjoyable to play all your favorite games anywhere, anytime with your friends across the world.

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all gaming devices

ExpressVPN offers easy-to-use apps to enhance gaming on your platform of choice. Alternatively, the ExpressVPN app for compatible routers lets you secure every device in your network, including gaming consoles that can’t install a VPN directly.

If you’re using a gaming console for live or on-demand video, ExpressVPN’s included MediaStreamer service can help you unlock the games and content you want* with no buffering, but it does not offer the privacy and other benefits of a VPN.

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Get an edge with a VPN for cloud gaming

Much like streaming platforms, cloud gaming services stream games directly from remote servers to a variety of compatible devices, circumventing the need for high-end gaming machines—which means access to more games no matter your device of choice! ExpressVPN is perfect for upgrading your cloud gaming experience, no matter what platform you’re on.

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Can I use a free VPN for gaming?

Free proxy services are not recommended for gaming online as they do not offer the same privacy and security benefits of a paid VPN. Many do not work as advertised, some may even sell your data, and most will leave your networks vulnerable to attack.

Read more about free proxy services vs. VPNs.

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A single ExpressVPN subscription lets you download a VPN for every popular platform. Need a VPN for multiple devices? Set up ExpressVPN on everything you own, and use it on eight at the same time.

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FAQ: Gaming VPN

* While you can use a VPN to change your apparent location while gaming or streaming, doing so may violate copyright or infringe upon the content provider’s Terms of Use and the ExpressVPN Terms of Service. As a privacy and security tool, ExpressVPN is designed so that no one can see or control what you do when connected to our VPN service—not even us. So you are responsible for verifying that your use complies with all relevant terms and laws.

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