IPVanish Review [Is it good for gamers?]
Are you a gamer who highly values their privacy and online safety and would like to "vanish" your IP address? Let's find out how good IPVanish could be for it! We will test their software in various aspects to give you the best picture of how good IPVanish is for gaming.
Before reading this review, note that the games we tested Surfshark VPN with were CS:GO, PUBG, Rocket League, GTA VI, Halo Infinite, Warzone, World Of Tanks, Minecraft, League Of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Fortnite, Valorant, Overwatch 2 and Rust 2.
IPVanish is a VPN provider with a really interesting pricing offer, although it is pretty extreme. So, we have access to two plans – monthly ($10.99 per month) and yearly ($3.75 per month), and just as we would say that $10.99 per month is not the most affordable option, $3.75 sounds a lot better. Moreover, the yearly plan also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee program, which is also a plus.
Well, the yearly plan is an attractive offer, but it's kind of a commitment, and in the end, it costs us $44.99 (slightly cheaper than CyberGhost); and a VPN is just the type of software we often don't know if we'll want to use in a few months, especially for gamers. And the $10.99 monthly plan doesn’t look too good if we look at the competition in the VPN market.
That said, we think that 3,5/5 is a fair rating, especially since if you actually like IPVanish and are sure that you will use it for a whole year, then $3.75 per month for a VPN sounds really good.
Moreover, that +0,5 in the rating is for a 30-day money-back guarantee program (also found on NordVPN and ExpressVPN). Paying $44.99 for trying out a VPN is just too much, and that feature can really ensure that you're not going to lose out on this deal.
Reputation among gamers (5/5)
But maybe it's even worth paying that $10 for the quality that IPVanish offers? If we look at the reviews on their Trustpilot profile, we can see that many gaming/streaming enthusiasts are happy with their services and recommend using their software as a gaming VPN.
One thing IPVanish's users often mention is that their services make them "feel safe", and that's great!
Nobody wants to get a random DDoS attack during their streaming or gaming session or give away some private data. So, gamers are usually satisfied with IPVanish VPN; they don't complain about any speed drops and feel safe while using their software. And what was our impression?
IPVanish Gaming Performance (5/5)
We also felt that IPVanish's services were first-class. During our weeks of testing, we experienced virtually no lags during our testing, even when connecting to really distant server locations. We also checked the most popular servers in Europe for gambling, such as UK and Czech Republic, and they also worked flawlessly. VPN providers like VyprVPN could learn a lot from IPVanish.
Here are some numbers that can also show you how good their services are, and why we can’t give any other rating than 5/5 in that matter:
Speed test (without IPVanish):
- Ping: 8
- Upload Speed: 164,13 Mbps
- Download Speed: 38,67 Mbps
Speed test (with IPVanish):
- Ping: 19
- Upload Speed: 114,15 Mbps
- Download Speed: 20,46 Mbps
- Average ping without IPVanish: 11 ms
- Average ping using IPVanish: 27 ms
- Average ping without IPVanish: 15 ms
- Average ping using IPVanish: 31 ms
- Average ping without IPVanish: 14 ms
- Average ping using IPVanish: 25 ms
League of Legends:
- Average ping without IPVanish: 37 ms
- Average ping using IPVanish: 54 ms
Numbers of Locations (5/5)
No matter what location you want to connect to, you'll find it with IPVanish, and you can be sure of it. At the time of writing this article, their offering includes over 40,000 IP addresses, 2,000 servers, and 75 locations.
Moreover, thanks to the fact that IPVanish also supports split tunneling you can also use several locations at once for separate programs, and setting this all up takes just seconds. Easy 5/5 rating, no doubt about it.
Customer Support (4/5)
Theoretically, IPVanish's support works great – they have a very developed FAQ section, lots of troubleshooting articles, and an email address ([email protected]) where you can text them and get an answer in less than an hour.
We texted them about 3 different issues, and just within two hours, we got a response to all of them, one of which (about a refund through the 30-day money-back guarantee program) after 20 minutes.
Honestly, everything would be perfect if it weren't for the lack of live chat support, which was actually one of IPVanish's features until very recently. This feature is essential, mainly since many people (including gamers) have never used any VPN app before and may feel lost using it.
Besides that, considering that IPVanish supports a 30-day money-back guarantee program, we'd rather get along with a support staff member as soon as possible instead of sending several emails about canceling the subscription.
Overall, we feel like IPVanish is really one of the better VPN service providers out there, and we would highly recommend it for any gaming-related activities, whether it's streaming, accessing some region-locked content, or just simply trying to secure your privacy. And if you want to try it out, be sure to use our discount to get the best value for your IPVanish plan.