Preparing A Building For Professional Gaming Groups

by Alyssa Carpenter

Just as the world of social media has exploded, so has the world of professional gaming for the social world. Expert gamers have gone far beyond the basement-dwelling stigma of the 80s and 90s; the world of online gaming and game journalism has given not only a chance for superstars to rise in the gaming world, but for a real entry level and middle class career to bloom in the economy. To prepare your home or building for a professional group, there are a few computer and electrical considerations you may need to think about first.

Connections Should Be Near And Convenient

There once was a time where gamers trying to play in the same area would have to huddle around a single device—a router or a switch—in order to share a strong, wired connection. Thankfully, there are ways around that in modern electrical house design.

Just as a home has multiple outlets, your walls can be lined with Ethernet, fiber-optic, or USB connections. These connections are still attached to a router or a master computer, but can be pulled through the walls and dressed neatly.

The outlets can be placed almost anywhere on the walls, ceiling or floors following the same concept as an electrical outlet. You could even put the ports near the electrical outlets for continued convenience.

Your professional gaming team can have more room to stretch and won't have to compete for electrical strip outlets to connect to with enough additional connections. 

Splitting Electrical Load Can Reduce Overload

Some gamers have powerful rigs—computers that are so loaded with core components and peripherals that the electrical load may be weakened on use. Add multiple power computers and sound systems to a single electrical load and you may deal with a burnout.

Many houses have large, continuous circuits that force every appliance to compete for a finite load of electricity. By splitting the electrical load, you can get around the shared demand and reduce full building outages when a single device demands too much power.

Load splitting is usually done by isolating a single wall or room from the other areas of the building. If you're using a specific part of a building for gaming purposes, you could even add a separate meter for that part of the building. It can help not only with keeping electrical demands to gamers only for that area, but could help you file taxes easier when using electrical service as a home office deduction.

For help with making your building more electrically efficient for gaming purposes, contact an electrical services professional, such as Meserve Electric.