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How to deal with unexpected power outages while gaming

Think back to the last time you were gaming. Comfortably sitting in from of your screen. Fully immersed in your fantasy world. Whether you were just about to collect your loot, buy the perfect new item, defeat the final boss, or win in an online match, the last thing you want is for your power to go out.

For whatever reason you enjoy gaming, there is nothing worse than being dragged out of your new world before you’re ready. Especially when you’re in the middle of something important and are forced to lose all your hard-earned progress. Unfortunately, power disturbances can cause all sorts of problems in your gaming world, from lost loot and XP to disconnection penalties.

To make this even worse, some power problems can also damage your devices, causing long-term damage to your gaming setup. Fortunately, Schneider Electric has a solution. Their range of APC UPS systems can keep you gaming and your equipment protected even when the power goes out.

UPS Gaming Benefits

• Protect Gaming Equipment
Gaming equipment is not cheap, but, for most, it is an investment into something we love to do and is worth every penny. Whilst we may do everything we can to make sure it stays safe externally, most of us don’t think about the potential damage that power surges can cause to your device. Utility power failure and lightning storms are two power problems that can cause serious damage to your equipment internally. With an APC UPS connected, the UPS will prevent any destructive power surges from reaching your equipment, therefore preventing any damage from being inflicted.

• Maintain Network Connection
Your UPS doesn’t just need to connect to your gaming console. Connecting your UPS to your router and/or modem allows you to stay online even when a power cut hits. Whether you continue your online gaming session or switch to mobile gaming options, your UPS will keep your choices open.

• Save Your Game
After grinding to level up, beat the big boss, or collect the new legendary loot, you don’t want to lose any of this progress. An APC UPS will provide you with the backup power you need to complete your quest and safely save your progress meaning no more corrupted game files.

• Avoid De-ranking
For those who enjoy online gaming will know that quitting a game mid-way through a match often leads to penalties. These penalties can range from the loss of rank points to a temporary ban from the game. Unfortunately, these games are usually not smart enough to differentiate between you disconnecting and you rage quitting, resulting in the same penalties even if it’s not your fault.

• Preserve Your Reputation
Just like with the game itself, other plays won’t know that your sudden disconnection is due to power problems beyond your control and will think you’re just quitting early. This can result in many other players reporting you to the game for abandoning games, negatively impacting your online stats and gaming reputation.

• Don’t Lose Microtransaction
There’s never a good time for a power outage to hit, but the worst time may be when you’re in the middle of an in-game transaction. If your power cuts out whilst you’re in the process of exchanging your money, the purchase may error halfway through, resulting in your losing your money without the in-game reward.

Disconnection Penalty Examples

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Overwatch League of Legends CS:GO
50 SR points loss
10 minutes – whole season ban
3 – 10 league points loss
10-20 minutes ban
Increase in Offensive Levl
30 minutes – 7 days ban


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