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The exponential growth of file-sharing services and peer-to-peer networks over recent years has made it extremely easy to share any kind of media content. Through simplified file-sharing services such as BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella, it has become very easy to share and obtain copyrighted materials and pirated versions of popular applications. However, with this growth in peer-to-peer networks that allow users to share files with other users worldwide comes risks for the users, which have increased dramatically at the same time.

Online gaming is a very big and common thing in today's age of technology, and many people sometimes have queries about their security and safety while playing games online. This often leads to the age-old question of whether or not someone can track others' IP Address through the games they play. To better understand exactly how that's possible, we'll first lightly explain and touch on how online games typically work.

Today while playing games online, some might consider hiding your IP Address for some reason and question if it is even possible. The short answer is yes, it is possible but it comes with quite a few caveats. This is because typically; when playing a game online, you care very much about response time and how quickly your machine and the Internet can send the game server data and receive it. This aspect of online gaming is referred to as latency or lag. While the latency on a game can never go below a certain point as a person's physical location and distance away affects this, adding layered overhead processes between the player sending data and receiving data from the server can negatively affect this. And as it so happens, all the methods in which one can use to hide their IP Address would generate some overhead and negatively affect this; some more so than others. When players have bad latency or lag while playing only games, the experience they get while playing the game deteriorates exponentially and can quite often cause them to be unable to play the game altogether.

Typically with online gaming, a player connects to a server located somewhere in the cloud and then sends and receive data through the Internet. This process is how game servers keep players data and updates it for every other player to see in real-time what is happening on the server. For this connection to be established, it means that the player's machine must connect to the game server and therefore ultimately, it's possible for a player to find the IP Address of a game server. To that end, we'll be looking at how a player can do this to find out the exact IP Address of a game server.

IP ban is a block setup by a server to reject request made from a particular IP or range of IP addresses. The IP ban may have been implemented automatically due to abuse pattern detected by the server or placed manually by an administrator. IP ban is implemented to protect the server from abuse such as brute force attacks, block emails from known spammers and limit usage by users. IP Ban allows a server to ban an IP address from accessing a website, forum, email or game server.