Edgegap secures $7 million from Akamai, investors to reduce online gaming latency via edge computing

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Edgegap secures $7 million from Akamai, investors to reduce online gaming latency via edge computing

Edgegap, a provider of an edge infrastructure platform for online gaming, announced a $7m Series A investment. The round was led by Konvoy Ventures with the participation of San Francisco-based early-stage venture capital fund GFR Fund, Liberty Global, and Akamai.

Edgegap confirmed it would use the funds to expand its team and continue developing an edge infrastructure platform focused on reducing latency for online games.

Edgegap’s solution works via a proprietary user-server decision-making engine called Arbitrium. The tool connects via API to the game studio’s matchmaker system so it can act as an intermediary between players waiting to start playing a game and the game services. It will then start a game instance as needed, as well as monitoring results throughout the match.

Within seconds, Arbitrium enables developers to launch new game servers and applications closer to users via edge computing.

“Our goal is to build on the idea of a content delivery network for cloud applications,” explained the company’s CEO Mathieu Duperre.

In other words, Edgegap is aiming to build a modern application delivery network that combines a highly distributed infrastructure footprint with a quick decision-making and deployment solution.

The recent Series A investment follows a $1 million seed one Edgegap closed in 2019.

Since then, the company said it completed successful trials with two triple-A studios and several smaller developers.

On average, the results of these tests reportedly showed a 91 percent reduction in latency for players.

“We see this as a major paradigm shift for developers looking to distribute their applications worldwide,” Duperre concluded.

Edgegap is not the only firm in the industry working on reducing latency in games via edge computing.

For instance, last January, Verizon, and Unity partnered to develop 5G Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) applications for gaming and enterprise.

More recently, Bridge Alliance announced the completion of the first phase of a Proof of Concept (POC) for the edge cloud federation, which also includes gaming applications, and Zenlayer debuted a new edge network service for faster gaming.

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