What is Server Affinity?
Server Affinity is a Haste Pro feature that allows you to manually influence which game server city you connect to.
Typically a game publisher will connect you to the best game server at the time you play based on ping, capacity, and other factors. But you may want to attempt to influence that selection to play in another region. The Haste Pro Server Affinity feature creates a bias for the location you would like to be connected to.
Server Affinity is not available with Haste Free.
How does it work?
Once you select your game title and city in the Haste Pro app, Haste will connect your PC traffic to one of our Haste servers in that city. Next, when you launch your game, this established connection to your desired city may influence the game to host your match in that city or region.
Will it guarantee I get connected to a specific server?
No. Haste can not control which server a game places you on, only the game publisher can control this. We can only help to create a bias towards the city you select.
Results will vary depending on game title as game publishers have varying strategies and technologies for where to host matches.
If I pick a closer server to me, will I have lower ping and better performance?
Maybe. Typically the game’s default hosting location is the best location for your ping, so overriding that may lead to higher ping. It just depends on the title. Either way, when you play on Haste Pro, you still get the ping and stability benefits of Haste Pro advanced multipath networking.
How do I turn it on? How do I know it's on?
- BEFORE YOU LAUNCH THE GAME, open Haste Pro, click on the settings gear, click “Server Affinity”. Choose your game title and city.
- Launch the game on your PC.
- You can visit the Haste Pro “Status” tab to see that you are connected to the game with an affinity set. You will see Affinity visible as a pink label next to the title, as well as listed in the status console event log.
It is critical that you set affinity in Haste while you are fully exited out of the game. If the game is launched on your computer before you enter the Affinity setting in Haste, even if closed or minimized, Haste is not able to influence server selection since the game is already communicating with your PC even when you are not looking at the game.
How do I turn it off?
Server Affinity is sticky. Once you set it, it remains on for that city until you turn it back off. To turn off Server Affinity means to let the publisher decide where to assign you without using Haste to influence the decision.
To turn off Server Affinity, open Haste Pro, click on the settings gear, click “Server Affinity”. Scroll to choose your game title and select “Game Default” in the drop down menu.
Why don’t you list the server I want to connect to?
We list all game server cities for each title we support, in the regions we support today. If you don’t see a city you would like to connect to, most likely that city is not a location we support (outside North American or Europe) or is not a location where the game is hosted.
If you believe we are missing a city where a game is hosted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can check into it for you.
Can I set Server Affinity when I redeem a Pro Pass?
No. Pro Pass lets you send your game traffic across the Haste Pro multipath network from the Haste Free app for a period of time, giving you access to more speed and stability.
Pro Pass does not give you access to all the features of being a Haste Pro subscriber, including Server Affinity. More on how Haste Pro and Haste Free are different.
To use Server Affinity you need to upgrade to Haste Pro. If you have never trialed or subscribed to Haste Pro before, you can take advantage of the three day trial.
Why don’t I see League of Legends or Valorant for Server Affinity?
Riot made an announcement early November 2020 that they will block some players who have been using VPNs to access games across regions. We’ve disabled this feature for Riot titles to protect our users from getting blocked.
While we realize many users may use Server Affinity to access games in their region, just another location, versus across regions, it shouldn’t be very impactful because Riot typically directs all traffic in one region to one data center regardless of where the user is based (or appears to be based because they are using a service like Haste).