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Tiscali UK Denies Blocking Multiplayer Games
By: MarkJ - 03 February, 2008 (10:34 AM)

Despite claiming to have resolved its traffic management problems at the end of last month (here), customers of UK ISP Tiscali have continued to report problems both connecting to and playing their favourite online games.

The situation has lead to many accusing Tiscali of having deliberately blocked popular multiplayer games, such as EVE-Online, The Playstation Network (PS3) and Call of Duty 4 etc., which the ISP denies:

Tiscali's statement to Next-Gen.biz: "Reports suggesting that we were deliberately blocking specific games are incorrect. We are constantly working to upgrade and refine our network to ensure our customers can enjoy their favourite applications. Work is currently underway on routine updates and we will keep you informed."

Meanwhile others have more plausibly suggested that the providers strict P2P (File Sharing) restrictions may be responsible. P2P is used in many multiplayer games for managing patch updates, matchmaking and has been known to hinder gaming on other ISP's when introduced too aggressively.

The good news is that the ISP rolled out a new update to its broadband platform on Friday afternoon, which appears to have improved the situation, although some still report problems.

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