The Best Garry’s Mod Server Hosting (2020)
Last updated: November 26, 2020
Since the dawn of this century hundreds of game hosting companies have spawned from basements and offices ran by tech hungry nerds looking to make money from their skills. One of the original gold-rush games that these guys tried to capitalise on was Garry’s Mod, the amazing multiplayer sandbox mod for the Half Life franchise (available from Steam).
Many companies have come and gone with some contenders sticking around, owing to their ability to reduce costs and so offer lower prices – while maintaining a high quality service and support experience.
After experiencing a bad service from 2 game hosting companies and finally sticking with 1 that I was happy with I thought, this information could be useful. So I decided to test 47 providers that offer private dedicated servers for Garry’s Mod and document this journey on a website. This website.
I have narrowed the results to my top 9 favourites and summarised each based on their pros and cons to make it easier to browse through them.
On this best Garry’s Mod server hosting guide you will find the cheapest, best for modding and many other classifications given to providers. This may change though so do check back in the future.
How would you find your ideal Gmod server hosting provider?
Garry’s Mod server hosting has dropped dramatically over the years, thanks to the dedicated server files being optimised by Valve (and so use a lot less resources) paired with an increase in competition and decline in players.
You are able to find some bargains when you compare this games average price per slot (the price you pay for dedicated a physical servers resources to one of your players) to other games like RUST for instance.
Smalls servers will cost more when you compare price per slot with larger packages though, so keep in mind that as you increase your order size you gain from bulk buying specials. You can also save money by paying up front for the quart (3 months, half year or even a whole year if you are brave).
For a complete overview of my process for choosing the best Garry’s Mod server hosting providers check out my supporting article here.
What are the important factors you should look for?
- The total cost per month
- The ease of setting it up
- Performance of your server under load
- Adding mods to your server
- The support-ticket waiting time
- Extra features in control panel
Best 9 Garry’s Mod Server Hosts
Lets get down to the real value of this guide, the best Garry’s Mod server hosting providers of the 47 I tested in 2020.
Host Havoc - The Best All Round Host
Ranks #1 of 9 Gmod hosts
Dynamic and friendly team
Focus on providing an amazing service for a few games
Value for money feature-ful game hosting
Relatively new provider compared to others on list
Less locations worldwide
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A great value game hosting company with fast technically brilliant support. My experience with Host Havoc was brilliant and I massively recommend choosing these guys to host any games that you may need private dedicated servers for, although they seem to focus on just a small range of them.
My 3 test support tickets were handled quickly and explained thoroughly to me, although their bullet proof control panel was super easy to use and I could find everything I needed quickly.
These guys only focus on American and European locations though so if you are outside of them I would carry on further down the list.
You can also pay Host Havoc with many different cards and my personal favourite: PayPal. Paying with PayPal online is super useful due to the protections they give you, if a company disappears or goes offline then you can still cancel your subscription – unlike a debit/credit card which is a bit harder to do.
LOW.MS - The Best Budget Gmod Host
Ranks #2 of 9 Gmod hosts
Team made up of experienced members who had left a different provider
A large catalogue of niche games
A fairly new company
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When I tested LOW.MS out with a Garry’s Mod server I found everything was in order, they weren’t the quickest to get back to support tickets but got everything sorted.
The package they provided worked out at $0.50 per slot which is on the lower end and I cant really complain about what I got for that price.
They do only cater for the US and Europe regions though and have a vast catalogue of dedicated game server types to switch to just in case you get bored of Garry’s Mod.
Serenity Servers - The Best Half Life Gmod Host
Ranks #3 of 9 Gmod hosts
Offer a cheap entry level package
Smaller company offering only a few games
Few server locations
Serenity Servers are on the cheaper end in terms of pricing (definitely not the cheapest) but lack when it comes to support and control panel features.
They tend to focus on hosting Half Life based games but i’m not sure if that’s a plus or a negative in this case.
Nitrous Networks - The Best US Gmod Host
Ranks #4 of 9 Gmod hosts
Backed by a large gaming brand
Easy to use modern website
Less locations to choose from
Nitrous Networks do a great deal on Garry’s Mod, when I tested them out I found them to be ultra-cheap. My test server worked out at around $0.40 per slot and the platform + support was great for that money.
My support issues were sorted out at an average speed, which for the cost I think is great. The control panel for managing your game server was easy to get around, much like their website its a clean designed flow. Moderating players and changing settings on my server was dead easy.
They had server locations all around the USA and Europe but at the time of testing didn’t offer any other regions.
GTX Gaming - The Best BIG Gmod Host
Ranks #5 of 9 Gmod hosts
The team at GTX Gaming have added private dedicated server support for pretty much every game they can set their eyes on. Their catalogue is huge! This is great if you tend to get bored of the game you are playing because you may be able to switch mid-month for no additional fee.
My time with this game hosting company was pleasant and they gave me the tools to do everything I needed to for my test Gmod server. Support was quick and friendly and the pricing was competitive, sat at the lower end of the scale but as they provided a good service I deem them the best budget provider.
You are able to pay GTX Gaming your monthly bill using the usual methods that you see everywhere, such as my personal favourite PayPal.
Streamline Servers - The Best Global Gmod Host
Ranks #6 of 9 Gmod hosts
Passionate about server performance
Usually pretty expensive
With Streamline Servers you have the option of paying a premium for a better server (about 50% more expensive). By doing this you give your Garry’s Mod server access to more CPU power allowing a faster tick rate – allowing decisions to be made on the server quicker providing a smoother experience for gamer’s.
The pricing for the non-premium version works out very high and then when you add the server-boosting to achieve high tick rates the pricing is even higher in comparison to other hosts on this page. For an example, the premium version that Streamline Servers offers is about 4 times the price of the cheapest on this list.
If you are looking for the tip-top premium version of Garry’s Mod server hosting then these guys are what you are looking for, otherwise you can save a lot of money going elsewhere.
Ping Perfect - The Best UK GMod Host
Ranks #7 of 9 GMod hosts
Support a community of Twitchers
Wide range of games
Lots of global locations
Support was a little slow
Slightly more expensive than the other providers on this list, PingPerfect is a British company with lots of global server locations, including a rare Russian data center offering.
The pricing for this company is in the middle of the road, being about 50% more expensive than the cheaper providers. The support was good but didn’t really make up for the increase in cost especially when compared with what you can get in terms of features from the cheaper alternatives above.
The guys at PingPerfect seem to know their stuff though and provide game hosting for many titles, even some rarer games that you don’t seem to find catered for by other hosts.
Bisect Hosting - The Best Budget Host
Ranks #8 of 9 Gmod hosts
Lastly is Bisect Hosting, a company that was purely Minecraft server hosting focused for many years and then branched out into other games. What they did do when they made this shift was create a discount provider option for many games but unfortunately their Garry’s Mod isn’t as cheap as some of the better providers and its fallen behind.
They offer a budget solution but with a pricing that isn’t cheaper than some of the above companies reviewed. I would recommend Bisect Hosting for Minecraft but not so much for Gmod.
Fragnet - The Best Bitcoin Gmod Host
Ranks #9 of 9 Gmod hosts
Lots of server locations
Server hosting experts
Backed by a large server company
Expensive starter package
The server I got from Fragnet to test Garry’s Mod was was satisfactory but on the more expensive end of the prices I compared.
Their website and control panel are a bit outdated and hard to use with some annoying aspects that just slowed me down.
The only positive I can take away from my experience with these guys is that they accept Bitcoin.
Important Garry’s Mod Hosting Features
Before choosing your provider be sure to check they have these important features included if your budget can afford it.
For a deeper explanation of these features and other important things to keep in mind before buying check out my guide here.
With any creative game that allows players to build and design, backups are vital.
You don’t want your regulars seeing their creations that took weeks if not months being lost from a hardware failure (trust me it happens).
Much like the base game, Garry’s Mod is rife with modding and its the secret of its long success.
Check that mod support is included and that the game server providers control panel makes it easy for you.
Well, once you have chosen your Garry’s Mod server hosting provider form the above list you will need to promote it to find players to join. I have written a follow up article that you can learn my techniques that I have developed over the years to make this process easy here.