As Official Broadband Partner of GamerFest 2022, eir commissioned research with gamers in Ireland to look at how, when, where and with whom they are connecting with while gaming. To mark the partnership with Ireland’s largest gaming event taking place in the RDS, Dublin on October 22nd and 23rd, eir was keen to understand the role of connection with the gaming community in Ireland.
In terms of the top priority, strong and reliable connection is key with 81% of participants stating that having a high-speed broadband connection was the most important factor a seamless and uninterrupted online gaming experience.
Strong network connections not only facilitate a seamless gaming experience but also more social connections with 40% making friends through online gaming community.
Connectivity is playing an increasingly important role in gaming with online games requiring a reliable, lag-free, low-latency connection with research revealing that 58% play most of their online games through their mobile phones and tablets, meaning gamers can rely on eir’s 5G and Fibre to the Home networks for split second accuracy while gaming online and the best overall gaming experience.
eir’s 5G network is available to more than 70% of the population of Ireland and continues to expand, with ultrafast data speeds in 485 towns and cities across Ireland. Fibre to the Home is a future-proofed network capable of delivering speeds of 2Gbps straight to more than 900,000 homes and businesses, further extending the availability of high-speed broadband connections across Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership Susan Brady, eir’s Managing Director of Consumer and Small Business commented: “At eir, we are committed to providing our customers with access to world leading technologies and the highest-quality connectivity. We are delighted to partner with GamerFest 2022 and look forward to meeting all the attendees at the event later this month and showcasing the latest innovation and technology available to our customers to deliver the best gaming experience.”
Stuart Dempsey, GamerFest’s CEO commented: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome visitors back to GamerFest 2022 to experience all the amazing gaming content and technology across the weekend through the support of our exclusive broadband partners, eir. Strong connections are at the heart of our community and we can’t wait for them all to meet again in person at GamerFest.”
Having already welcomed thousands of visitors to its events across Ireland, GamerFest will see 5,000 gamers descend on the RDS venue for a packed weekend of gaming and entertainment featuring the latest games, esports, VR gaming, special guests, and live stage shows. Visitors to the event can also expect a wide array of gaming entertainment including the latest blockbuster titles, VR gaming and technology, expo hall and marketplace to grab the latest gaming equipment and gear.