Best cities in England for gamers

Picture this: you’re on Xbox Live, about to win one of the matches on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and then… you’re kicked out. Bad broadband is frustrating at the best of times, but even more so if you’re at the most crucial part of the game!

Bad broadband connectivity is a gamer’s worst nightmare. If you find yourself constantly freezing, repeatedly moving over the same area, or being kicked out of the game entirely, it ruins the whole experience.
But did you know that where you live could directly impact the quality of your gaming, and there’s not really anything you can do about it? Let us explain…
We crunched the data to find the areas in England that have the best and worst broadband, based on the average speed (Mbps), superfast availability, and the percentage of the area’s population unable to receive decent broadband. It’s time to find out if you live in one of the worst areas for broadband.

If you’re a gamer based in the South West, you’re out of luck. Not only is Central Devon officially ranked as the worst place in the country for gamers; five out of the 10 worst areas are in the South West, including Torridge, Forest of Dean, Tiverton and Honiton, and Somerton and Frome.
At the other end of the scale, Kingston Upon Hull is hailed as the best place for gamers, ranking highly for average speeds and availability of superfast broadband. Just 1% of its population is unable to receive decent broadband, compared to Central Devon’s 12%.
Other areas that rank highly for gamers include Crawley in the South East, Filton and Bradley Stoke in the South West and Luton in the East of England.
So, if you find yourself constantly freezing every time you try to collect your materials on Animal Crossing, and you just so happen to live in Devon… well, chances are that other gamers in the area are experiencing the exact same thing. To try and resolve the issue, speak with your provider for advice on how you can increase your speed if it is much slower than what you originally signed up for. Another option is to compare broadband providers to get the best package that suits your needs and requirements.

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Data was taken from the houses of parliament broadband coverage and speeds report
Compare the Market analysed average broadband speed, superfast broadband availability, and access to decent broadband data.
To calculate the index, we first normalised the data categories individually from 0 to 1 and then summed the results.
On this scale, for:

  • Average broadband speed – The higher index would be weighted closer to 1 
  • Superfast availability - The higher number is weighted closer to 1
  • Unable to access decent broadband – The higher number is weighted closer to 0

Data correct as of May 2020.