The best gaming VPNs for 2022

There are numerous free gaming VPNs available online, but none compare to our top picks for 2022. We've listed our favorite gaming VPN that provides privacy and speed.


Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are now more commonly used in the gaming industry than ever. Traditionally, combining the word "VPN" in the same sentence as "gaming" would turn some heads. But, the technology has reached a level where you can run VPNs while gaming without compromising on latency or network issues.

VPNs are important for both privacy and security reasons, especially if you're playing online with strangers. You never know who you might run into. There are many instances of DDoS attacks on players and even Twitch streamers alike. Some players use VPNs for better security, while others use them to bypass regional restrictions.

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You may have a high-end PC to enjoy your favorite games, but what if your internet speed is not up to par? It might sound ridiculous to some, but VPNs can improve your online gaming experience by bumping up your internet speed. This is mostly applicable if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has throttled your network. When you use a VPN, you can hide your traffic from your ISP, essentially disguising what you are doing and opening up an increased amount of bandwidth.

When choosing a VPN, the first thing to consider is speed. Beyond that, there is also anonymity to consider, meaning that your real IP is hidden from others on the internet. This makes you less susceptible to DDoS attacks. DDoS attacks occur when a hacker overloads you, a gaming server, or a website with internet traffic, making their target lag and preventing users from accessing the site or online service.

In addition to better privacy and security, VPNs can also help you access games earlier than intended. Many games are released in a particular country or region first before being made globally available for everyone to play. Many players even use VPNs to access country-specific online gaming stores that offer cheaper games than they would otherwise find in their home country.

If you're interested in finding the best gaming VPN, look no further. We've compiled a list of one of the best VPNs for gamers that you can use without compromising your network speed. While there is a wide range of free VPNs available to download, it's important to note that free VPNs have limited download speeds and won't be good for gaming.

However, our list showcases some of the best VPNs available at reasonable prices. Most VPNs have monthly and yearly subscriptions, with the yearly options working out a lower cost on a month-to-month basis.

Here are the best gaming VPNs in no particular order.

NordVPN

NordVPN is one of the reigning VPNs worldwide, not only in the gaming industry, but also for standard day-to-day use.

You might have already seen several streamers and Youtubers promoting NordVPN. There is a reason it is one of the best, if not the best VPNs right now. Fortunately, streamers promoting NordVPN are reasonable as it delivers what it advertises.

NordVPN has over 5,400 servers in more than 80 countries around the world. You can have up to six different connections at a time on your account (i.e., multiple devices like your PC, iPhone, and tablet), and Nord also supports routers directly.

Mobile phone gamers also use NordVPN for geo spoofing in games like Pokemon Go. It is also used to unblock popular streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and BBC iPlayer.

NordVPN is probably the fastest VPN on this list.

Prices as of May 2022:

  • 2 year - $3.29/month
  • 1 year - $4.99/month
  • 1 month - $11.99/month

Supported Platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Linux

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a bit expensive than the other providers on this list, but it supports a massive number of countries.

ExpressVPN is one of the best gaming VPNs if you have friends living in another country, as it has more than 3,000 servers in 160 countries across the globe. The chances of your friend being in one are highly likely.

Similar to NordVPN, it doesn't have any free trial and allows up to five connections at a time. They also provide a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not happy with the service, you can get your money back within the first 30 days of subscribing.

ExpressVPN also has router support.

ExpressVPN can also change your viewing region in streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer. ExpressVPN is not the cheapest on the list, but we think it still provides value for money.

They have 24/7 live customer support service and are quick to respond to your queries. ExpressVPN also refreshes its IP addresses more frequently than other VPN services, which is important to keep them from getting blocked by providers.

Price:

  • 1 year - $6.67/month
  • 6 month - $9.99/month
  • 1 month - $12.95/month

Supported Platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Linux
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox

Surfshark

Surfshark is one of the cheaper alternatives.

Surfshark is another popular gaming VPN that is on the cheaper side of the price spectrum. It falls slightly short of NordVPN in upload speed, but Surfshark is still considerably fast compared to other VPNs.

Surfshark has over 3,200 servers in over 100 countries across the globe. It does not have a lot of servers, but it allows for multiple connections from a single Surfshark account. Yes, other VPNs do the same, but Surfshark was the first major VPN service to offer this feature for customers.

NordVPN could use this feature instead of six simultaneous connections at a time.

Surfshark also offers a 7-day free trial period to test out their VPN, which NordVPN lacks. It is an excellent choice if you're looking for an affordable and versatile gaming VPN.

Price:

  • 2 years - $2.09/month
  • 1 year - $3.59/month
  • 1 month - $11.49/month

Supported Platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Linux
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox

CyberGhost

We dubbed CyberGhost an "all-rounder" as it not only works well on PC but also supports Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

CyberGhost is an all-round gaming VPN with over 8,000 servers in more than 110 countries worldwide. It doesn't offer any free trial but provides a 45-day money-back guarantee and has router support.

CyberGhost is fast when gaming and helps reduce lag thanks to the WireGuard protocol used across all its apps. Note, however, that CyberGhost lacks in the unblocking streaming services department compared to its peers.

CyberGhost supports up to seven devices at the same time.

We wouldn't rank the customer support from CyberGhost as the best, and they could use some more helpful user guides on their website. These are especially important for console users as it is not straightforward to use a VPN service on a console. There are also some privacy concerns associated with CyberGhost, only because they haven't had any external auditor to verify their privacy claims. In fact, CyberGhost has apparently not undergone an independent audit since 2012.

Price:

  • 3 years - $2.07/month
  • 2 years - $3.07/month
  • 1 year - $3.90/month
  • 1 month - $12.47/month

Supported Platforms:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Linux
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox
  • Amazon Fire TV

The above prices may vary slightly as they are written after converting the price from €EURO to $USD, based on the currency conversion rate when writing this article.

ExitLag

ExitLag is not exactly a VPN.

ExitLag is one of the best "VPN" providers that you can use in multiplayer games. Its service is designed specifically for games and is only available for Windows.

We say "VPN" because a VPN generally reroutes your entire internet connection for all internet-based programs or games on your PC. However, ExitLag reroutes only for a game of your choice, ignoring all your other non-gaming traffic like web browsing and Youtube. This is useful if you're not looking to change the region of your streaming service and only want to change your region inside a game.

At the time of writing, ExitLag supports over 500 games, including the most popular titles such as Fornite, Warzone, CS: GO, and Apex Legends.

ExitLag doesn’t have a lot of servers, but does cover most of the major areas where the gamers reside.

This is also useful if you're looking to evade throttling issues caused by your ISP or bad routing by your ISP. Bad routing always leads to packet loss when playing online games. When you enable ExitLag, it allows your game to pick the routes to the game servers and other players best suited for your network. This minimizes and, in some cases, completely eliminates packet loss. It has an extremely user-friendly interface, and anyone can use it without any complicated manuals or guides.

ExitLag is widely popular for reducing packet loss and improving jittering issues. While it does improve your ping to some extent, it is best used for packet loss improvement. ExitLag is a subscription-based service and provides a free three-day trial without entering your credit card details.

Price:

  • 1 month (Monthly) - $6.50/month
  • 3 months (Quarterly) - $6.17/month
  • 6 months (Semiannual) - $5.83/month

Supported Platforms:

  • Windows

That'll be our top games' VPN picks for 2022. Hopefully, this will help you decide which VPN you should use for your gaming needs.

Hassan Sajid

Gaming has been a part of Hassan’s life for as long as he can remember. Not only does he game well, but he also keeps his eyes open for gaming-related content to make in-depth guides and is always keen to share his game experiences. He graduated with a degree in engineering from the National University Science & Technology (formerly known as Caledonian College of Engineering). The research and technical writing skills he earned throughout his time in the university have allowed him to contribute to the gaming community by creating in-depth guides for gamers all over the world. Find Hassan on LinkedIn.
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