There are various types of hosting available for a website which includes shared hosting, dedicated hosting, php hosting, ventrilo hosting and more. One of them is a Game server hosting.
Game server is required to host sites offering online Game playing ( especially Massively multiplayer online games – MMORPG ) e.g. Counter-Strike game servers. Data transfer occurs everytime the player ( called client ) plays his stroke in the game. At an instance, there can be hundreds or thousands of clients connected to the game server. Thus game servers require huge amount of bandwidth to make the online game-playing experience smooth and without BREAKS !!
Two types of Game servers available – Dedicated servers and Listed servers. Also they can be based on windows operating system or Linux based.
Listen servers are those where the game website is hosted locally – for example via LAN and are mostly used by individual players. So they cannot support multi player gaming due to lack of bandwidth and CPU requirements.
Dedicated Game servers are hosted on a separate data center accessible 24 hours a day to the whole world. Such servers have huge bandwidth and fast processors to share with each game client. Thus they are used by companies to host their MMORPG game servers ( TF2 game servers ) or individual game servers.
Such game server hosting are costly. There are many game server providers (GSPs) who offer such hosting at monthly or yearly fees. The fee depends on features like bandwidth, number of slots required, voice capability and more.