High Density GameServers
Depending on the setup and resource requirements of your game server process, sometimes it can be a more economical
use of resources to run multiple concurrent game sessions from within a single
The tradeoff here is that this requires more management on behalf of the integrated game server process and external systems, since it works around the common Kubernetes and/or Agones container lifecycle.
Utilising the new allocation
gameServerState filter as well as the existing ability to edit the
GameServer labels at both allocation time, and from
within the game server process, via the SDK,
means Agones is able to atomically remove a
GameServer from the list of potentially allocatable
GameServers at allocation time, and then return it back into the pool of allocatable
GameServers if and when the
game server process deems that is has room to host another game session.
InfoTo watch for Allocation events, there is the initial
GameServer.status.state change from
but it is also useful to know that the value of
change as it is set by Agones with each allocation with the current timestamp, regardless of if there
is a state change or not.
Allocation will first attempt to find a
GameServer from the
simple-udp that is already
Allocated and also has the label
agones.dev/sdk-gs-session-ready with the value of
The above condition indicates that the matching game server process behind the matched
GameServer record is able to
accept another game session at this time.
If an Allocated
GameServer does not exist with the desired labels, then use the next selector to allocate a Ready
GameServer from the
Whichever condition is met, once allocation is made against a
GameServer, its label of
will be set to the value of
false and it will no longer match the first selector, thereby removing it from any
future allocations with the below schema.
It will then be up to the game server process to decide on if and when it is appropriate to set the
agones.dev/sdk-gs-session-ready value back to
true, thereby indicating that it can accept another concurrent
agones.dev/sdk-gs-session-ready: "true" # this is important
gameServerState: Allocated # new state filter: allocate from Allocated servers
gameServerState: Ready # Allocate out of the Ready Pool (which would be default, so backward compatible)
agones.dev/sdk-gs-session-ready: "false" # this removes it from the pool
InfoIt’s important to note that the labels that the
GameServer process use to add itself back into the pool of
allocatable instances, must start with the prefix
agones.dev/sdk-, since only labels that have this prefix are
available to be [updated from the SDK][sdk].
Agones, and Kubernetes itself are built as eventually consistent, self-healing systems. To that end, it is worth
noting that there may be minor delays between each of the operations in the above flow. For example, depending on the
cluster load, it may take up to a second for an SDK driven label change on a
GameServer record to be
visible to the Agones allocation system. We recommend building your integrations with Agones with this in mind.
- View the details about using the SDK to set
labels on the
- Check all the options available on
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Last modified February 20, 2024: Document `Distributed` pod scheduling. (#3662) (24e7f83)