15 gaming VPNs compared · Jan 2017

Gamers need fast data throughput, low latency, anonymized IPs and DDoS protection, especially if you're streaming live games or playing competitively. Keep your streams online and your team in the tournament! Here's a quick speed guide and comparison of gaming VPNs.

Speed and latency, of course, are important. In most cases a VPN won't speed up your existing Internet connection. There are some exceptions to this rule, and I've seen ISP deep packet inspection and ISP's routers do strange things to network traffic. In my limited testing a VPN cleared those problems right up, but it was a specific fix for a very specific problem.

A VPN adds extra layers around your network traffic, in itself slowing things down. The playability of games (especially competitive games) depend very much on which VPN protocols and encryption methods are chosen. This is how we compare VPNs for gaming.

The best gamer VPNs allow you to disable encryption entirely. Without needing to encrypt your traffic, and decrypt it at the other end, the VPN will still give you excellent levels of privacy and protection from external attacks while being much faster! PPTP is also a fast protocol, although insecure, and comes in as second-best. OpenVPN users could try choosing a low quality cypher such as AES-128 or Blowfish.

This list of gamer VPNs is for every platform. We show if the official VPN client supports Windows games, Xbox and PS4 games, and even Mac gamers ;)

#1 Private Internet Access

# Clients

5
active devices

Countries

24
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

100%
speed rating

I first joined PIA back in 2012 and was a long-standing customer for many years. The service is simple, straightforward and reliable. The VPN client has come on great and minor bugs were smoothed out …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#2 ExpressVPN

# Clients

3
active devices

Countries

87
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use - ExpressVPN describes itself as the fastest VPN on Earth. Watch video from anywhere, unblock websites and regain your online privacy. Setup is easy, whether …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 87 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#3 VPN.ac

# Clients

6
active devices

Countries

21
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

VPN.ac focusses on security, speed and reliability developed by a team of security professionals, and skilled support staff with fast replies. Servers are pen-tested and audited for security. Each pla…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#4 LiquidVPN

# Clients

8
active devices

Countries

9
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

This is the Road Warrior plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#5 LiquidVPN

# Clients

4
active devices

Countries

9
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

This is the Ultimate plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#6 LiquidVPN

# Clients

2
active devices

Countries

9
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

This is the Sidekick plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#7 IPVanish

# Clients

5
active devices

Countries

60
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

IPVanish is designed to be 'the world's fastest VPN', as well as circumventing censorship filters (by employers, universities or governments) and boasts an impressive number of servers and shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 60 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#8 StrongVPN

# Clients

2
active devices

Countries

22
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

StrongVPN, despite the name, is a 'jack of all trades' VPN which promotes security, privacy, speed and ease of use. They have thousands of customer testimonials, even from China, which is promising. …

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#9 NordVPN

# Clients

6
active devices

Countries

57
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

NordVPN is one of the few 'advanced' VPNs which can back up their claims by using exclusive double data encryption. The DoubleVPN encryption system uses a two-node server link with dual 256-bit AES CB…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 57 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#10 Hide My Ass!

# Clients

2
active devices

Countries

190
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

HMA is one of the most popular VPN brands out there, but I can't see what all the excitement is about. Yes it is easy to use and provides good support for mobile devices, but I wasn't impressed with t…

Things we like...
  • 190 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
Look out for...
  • Operated from UK (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#11 OverPlay

# Clients

1
active device

Countries

48
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

OverPlay started as a SmartDNS provider to unblock geo-restricted websites and video streaming, and now offers SmartDNS+VPN as a premium plan. The VPN seems good enough for basic protection over publi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 48 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#12 AceVPN

# Clients

99
active devices

Countries

26
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

This is the Ultimate plan. With a focus on unblocking video streaming and TV channel websites, as well as general private web browsing, AceVPN offers fast gigabit servers and intelligent routing for geo-unblocking without slowi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#13 FrootVPN

# Clients

3
active devices

Countries

20
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

A friendly group from Sweden, FrootVPN aims to be a low-cost VPN provider with good features. They boast over 300,000 users of the service. I liked the Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) support using a Di…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Supports video stream unblocking
Look out for...
  • No native IPv6 support
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#14 UPPERSAFE

# Clients

5
active devices

Countries

10
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

This is the High Speed - 10 Mbps plan. Recently rebranded from NolimitVPN, UPPERSAFE provides VPN accounts and hardware VPN routers for home and business. I like the VPN's built-in firewall for security, but I suspect they keep activity lo…

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Supports video stream unblocking
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • No moneyback guarantee
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#15 UPPERSAFE

# Clients

5
active devices

Countries

10
countries

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

UDP support

UDP support

Fast encrypt

fast encrypt

Speed

81%
speed rating

This is the Ultra High Speed - 100Mbps plan. Recently rebranded from NolimitVPN, UPPERSAFE provides VPN accounts and hardware VPN routers for home and business. I like the VPN's built-in firewall for security, but I suspect they keep activity lo…

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Supports video stream unblocking
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • No moneyback guarantee
  • Payments don't auto-renew

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