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Load Balanced Minecraft Servers Help Athene Raise Millions for Save The Children

04/11/2013

RapidSwitch is delighted to announce that it is helping the world's best video gamer Athene to use Minecraft to raise money for Save The Children through his charity Gaming For Good.

Athene, whose real name is Bachir Boumaaza, is using Minecraft to help raise more than $6 million for Save The Children. Players go through his fundraising website Gaming For Good to play Minecraft and once they 'die' they can only get back on the game if they donate money to the charity.

RapidSwitch helped its customer CreeperHost.net, a Minecraft game server hosting company, when Athene turned to it recently after suffering downtime and game lagging with the hosting company he was using to support this new Minecraft initiative on his international fundraising platform.

RapidSwitch deployed over 20 new servers in lightning quick time for CreeperHost.net with 15 of them load balanced to spread traffic across the servers while still directing it all to the single IP being used.

Neil Christie, Commercial Director for RapidSwitch, said: "It's rare to have a platform being load balanced that is effectively not for profit so we were delighted to help. We made sure the platform was as stable as possible and that it could handle a lot of traffic."

Paul Taylor, owner of Creeperhost, said: "We are huge supporters of using gaming to raise money for charity. When Athene turned to us for help we knew we had to act quickly. The team at RapidSwitch did a great job. "

Athene hopes that gamers playing Minecraft through Gaming For Good will help take the total raised for Save The Children to $10,000,000.

Athene said: "It's great seeing how RapidSwitch is supporting the cause and was able to help out so fast with an advanced and large-scale setup. We're building a unique MMO-like Minecraft network for GamingForGood.net that will help us raise donations to $10,000,000 and beyond. And for that we need an extremely reliable custom configuration that can handle thousands of concurrent players."

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