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Merit’s Network and Esports: How Do We Stack Up?

Gaming performance is critical for any successful esports event. Winning or losing a round,  a match or an entire competition can come down to a single moment.. a hiccup from jitter or high latency can literally make or break the outcome for you.

PC Magazine recently released its list of Best Gaming ISPs of 2019. The methodology behind their ranking and the criteria of what makes a high-performance gaming ISP successful is outlined here; a combination of the PCMag Speed Test tool, latency, jitter download and upload testing.

Low latency and low jitter are what gamers strive for. Latency is the average amount of time, measured in milliseconds, for information to travel the internet from your home to the server, and then back to you again. Jitter is a check on the consistency of the latency of the connection to the ISP.

How well does Merit stack up? Merit’s Product Management team ran a few informal tests, and I’m pleased with the results! A handful of wireless and wired tests showed that our network keeps pace with the largest commercial networks in the world.

We’re pleased to power many of our Merit Member organizations’ esports leagues. Michigan Technological University just announced that they will become the first public university in Michigan to offer esports as a varsity sport, on the same level as basketball, hockey or volleyball. Learn More Here.

Merit held a Member Esports Community Discussion last month, and we’d like to organize a second in the fall. If you’re interested in participating, contact David Dennis by email at [email protected]

Merit Network Speed Test Results:


Wired (Two MI Locations)



Nationwide Download and Upload Speeds (Mbps)

Regional Download and Upload Speeds (Mbps)

NOTE: The results in this article were taken from 356,925 individual tests completed by PCMag readers around the world from June 1, 2018, to June 17, 2019 using the user-friendly PCMag Speed Test (test your ISP now to contribute to the next Fastest ISPs). The test works on any browser and is not HTTPS specific. We narrowed results down to 256,016 tests taken in the United States alone. For an ISP or location (or an ISP in a specific location) to be included in results, we required a minimum of 100 tests except where indicated.


The full articles and opportunity to test your own connection can be found in the articles published by PCMag below:

The Fastest ISPs of 2019


The Best Gaming ISPs of 2019