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This one is arguably even father along the game hosting spectrum, since ScalaCube is mainly concerned with Minecraft Hosting, although it also offers hosting for Rust, Ark, and potentially other games. And consistent with what I’ve already said, this host assures you that you can use your server purpose whatsoever provided it doesn’t violate any laws.
Since the most important thing for online gaming is low latency, ScalaCube offers virtual and dedicated servers all around the world — in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Asia — so you can host your site where your users can get the lowest ping times.
ScalaCube’s website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
ScalaCube offers 9 Minecraft VPS plans, 9 Minecraft PE VPS plans, 12 Ark plans, and 41 Rust plans. The nine Minecraft VPS plans provide you with:
- 768 MB to 32 GB RAM
- 1x to 8x 3.4GHz CPU
- 10 GB to 320 GB SSD storage
- Automated backups (for a one-time fee)
Our game hosting plans enable you to install an unlimited number of “slots” on one VPS server, as long as your server’s “max-players” value is set. This allows your server to effortlessly support a large number of players, provided that there is enough CPU power and RAM available.
Despite the gaming bias, the hosting plans also provide everything you would expect to find for traditional web hosting, including a control panel, root access, FTP, MySQL with phpMyAdmin, PHP, and Apache. You also get a pre-configured website and forum for free.
ScalaCube lets you choose between HDD and the far faster (and more reliable) SSD storage, and it provides unlimited traffic without throttling. You get a 99.9% availability guarantee, which is around the industry average. However, ScalaCube doesn’t offer free SSL certificates, unlike Sparked Host.
Pricing and Support
ScalaCube’s Minecraft VPS plans are priced competitively. You can pay for plans monthly in a wide range of currencies: USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, NOK, SEK, MXN, BRL, NZD, and RUB. At the time of this review, you could get a Minecraft server at a 50% discount.
There is no money-back guarantee as far as I can see, but this is not an issue when you’re only committing to monthly payments.
Although you can contact this company via various methods (including email and live chat), it emphasizes that the 24/7 support team only responds to tickets submitted via the control panel. It’s little surprise, then, that my offline live chat messages were never answered.
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