Game Development

Development of Multiplayer games

  • Class 15
  • Practice 45
  • Independent work 120
Total 180

Course title

Development of Multiplayer games

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Lecturers and associates

Course objectives

Introduce students to concepts of competitiveness and synchronization, learn how to apply competitiveness and synchronization in a multiplayer game, learn how to choose and apply appropriate network protocols and communication models in multiplayer games, and introduce students to the concepts of massive online games.


Introduction to network communication. Protocols in network communication. Hot seat games. Competitiveness. Client-server architecture. Peer-to-peer architecture. The principle of placing messages in order. Synchronization. Scalability, robustness, and security. Lobby system.

Required reading

Alan R. Stagner: Unity Multiplayer Games

Additional reading

Vaughan Young: Programming a Multiplayer FPS in DirectX

Minimal learning outcomes

  • Define types of multiplayer systems and recognise its strengths and weaknesses
  • Implement simple multiplayer system for two players on a same computer of type Hot seat
  • Implement simple system for a turn based game via remote server for two players
  • Implement simple system for realtime multiplay game for two players
  • Create a simple matchmaking system for connecting players in multiplay games

Preferred learning outcomes

  • Choose an optimal multiplayer system depending on a type of a game
  • Optimise Hot seat multiplayer for a multiple number of games
  • Implement and optimise system for a turn based multiplayer game for more than two players
  • Optimise realtime multiplay system
  • Asses the bottlenecks and optimise matchmaking system
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