In the arena of internet gaming, things have gotten pretty serious. We’ve seen this digital world transform from the homes of teenagers to international tournaments with pretty high stakes – let’s not forget the 16-year-old who recently walked away with $3 million at the last Fortnite World Championship!
Most parents and people who aren’t ‘gamers’ may disagree, but gaming requires a lot of energy and focus. Like any outdoor game, each gaming session is filled with concentration and can go on for hours, and coffee may not always cut it. Which energy drink should you be drinking to get the best out of your gaming sessions?
Energy can translate to focus and stamina
Performance is often determined by your strength, focus, and endurance. But energy can comprise an increase in both focus and endurance. Energy drinks may offer a lot of potential benefits, but these benefits don’t come without adverse side effects. So, if you want to start drinking energy drinks for any purpose, remember to drink them in moderation to get the best results.
As you read on, we’ll discuss the importance of energy drinks for gamers, and the best energy drinks out there that can fire up your gaming sessions.
Gaming energy drinks FAQs
1. When should I drink my gaming energy drink?
If you want to feel the maximum results, it is best to drink it about 30-60 minutes before your gaming sessions. Depending on your physiology, the effects can last for about five to six hours. But which energy drink you consume, its sugar content and other ingredients also determine how long its effects are going to last. The effects may remain for up to six hours, but you usually only fully notice them for around three to four hours.
Also, in some cases – usually when the drink contains sugar – you will get a noticeable energy boost in the first two hours; and this will be followed by a ‘sugar crash’, which will leave you on lower energy levels than before you started.
2. What matters when choosing a gaming energy drink?
Every gamer must look at the caffeine levels of the energy drink. In my opinion, caffeine content between 50-100mg per serving is perfect for a gaming session. Anything over 100mg is too much and it tends to make it difficult to concentrate. You will be wide awake, basically an overdrive of sorts, and believe me it’s not a fun one. So, moderating caffeine content with some of the other energy-boosters is more advisable if you’re drinking energy drinks for tasks that involve your brain.
The second important criteria is the sugar content. It’s important to note that energy drinks with lower sugar content are better for gaming sessions that run for long hours. As I’ve already mentioned, energy drinks that have a high sugar content will give you an energy boost for the first one or two hours, after which your energy levels fall below your average levels. This won’t be fun during your long gaming sessions – you’ll have to keep drinking the sugary drink to maintain sub-optimal levels and may even feel disoriented after a while.
The third important factor is the taste of the drink! Taste is subjective – you may not enjoy the same drink that I or one of your friends do. Don’t drink something that you don’t like the taste of. Enjoy your drink, it really does make all the difference to your state of mind.
The best gaming energy drinks and their pros and cons
1. Red Bull
Does it really “gives you wings”? Red Bull is perhaps the most popular energy drink on the planet. It proves to kick in a great energy boost with 80 mg caffeine per can, but the 27g sugar may give you a sugar crash after an hour or two. This energy drink tastes like pop soda with its famous original flavor, other new flavors include, Red Bull Cola, Green edition, Blue edition, Orange edition, Yellow edition, and Grapefruit twist summer edition.
Overall, the drink has a distinctive taste and works well, but the price* ($2 per can) and the sugar content make me think twice before going for it.
2. Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel (Berry Burst)
This is one of the most popular energy drinks for gamers. Previously known as the AMP energy drink, this guy serves 91mg of caffeine per can, which works out to be a great energy boost but the sugar content is quite high with 30g per serving – this isn’t only bad for a long gaming session but is also bad for your health! I love the berry burst edition, which tastes somewhat like blue raspberry. But you can choose from charged original dew, charged berry burst, charged cherry blast and charged topical strike.
The Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel will give you a good boost in energy with a great taste, but, again, the price* tag ($2 per can) and the sugar content is a huge turnoff.
3. Sneak Energy Drink
Sneak Energy Drink is a supplement that claims to boost your energy and enhance your reaction time as well as allow you to focus on staying up while you play. One serving gives you 150mg of caffeine, which is a lot to keep you awake throughout the session. The drink comes in a few flavors like Blue Raspberry Birthday Edition, Strawberry Watermelon, Tropikilla, Stealth and Cherry Bomb.
I personally like the Blue Raspberry Birthday Edition the most. But the best thing about this drink isn’t the taste or its flavors, it is the sugar content – Sneak Energy Drink is sugar-free! You don’t have to worry about loading your body up with sugar or facing a sugar crash in the middle of your gaming session.
This drink is an excellent option given that it’s different from traditional sugary energy drinks, but having said that, the caffeine is too much to suit my liking. It is quite affordable compared to the others, priced at about $1.20 per serving.
Famous for the tagline “party like a rockstar,” this energy drink contains about 160mg caffeine. This is very high! The maximum recommended daily intake for caffeine is 400 mg – 2 cans, and you’re near it! However, one can is sufficient to give you an energy boost that will last throughout your extra long gaming sessions. The negative side of this drink is its sugar content of 31g. This is very high, and will most likely cause a sugar crash after a few hours.
Rockstar isn’t fruity but tastes smooth and sweet without any bitter or bad aftertaste. Its flavors include Rockstar original, Recovery Grape, Supersours Sour Apple, Rockstar juiced, Rockstar Energy Cola and Sparkling Peach.
The taste is pretty good, but the odd combination of the price* ($2 per serving), high caffeine and high sugar may make it a bit of an iffy option for long gaming sessions.
5. Monster Energy Drink
This is another popular drink that most people turn to for running on their activities and gaming sessions. Like Rockstar, Monster energy drink also contains 160mg of caffeine, which gives you more energy than required. Moreover, this gaming energy drink contains a high 54 grams of sugar, which is way too high – given the sugar crash problem, and the fact that it isn’t good for your health! Flavors available are Monster original, Monster Rehab, Monster Import, Monster Assault, Monster Khaos, Monster Punch, Monster Juice and Monster Ultra.
The drink is apt for a strong energy boost, but the high sugar and caffeine content is something I would never recommend. But then again, this is very subjective and you may function well on this drink. It also isn’t very affordable as it costs* $2 per serving.
This is a relatively new energy drink in the market, which is gaining attention and praise from early adopters. Reize is a powder drink; one serving contains 50mg of caffeine and a combination of ginseng, taurine and B vitamins. The low caffeine content may not be everyone’s bag, but the nutritional value should definitely be considered.
Reize is sugar-free, a huge plus. It’s only available in one flavor at the moment – the original flavor, which kind of tastes like fruity-fizzy cola. The combination of low-caffeine, no sugar and nutrients and herbs make it a good alternative; it can provide a substantial energy boost without a sugar crash.
The drink is quite affordable and costs* around $1 per serving (including shipping).
7. Controlled Labs Gamer Up Powder
This is a drink specifically designed for gamers and provides improved mental performance and focus. Like Reize, this is also a powder drink. It is one of the few products that include Lion’s Mane, which is a kind of mushroom extract that is thought to enhance focus.
A single serving of Controlled Labs Gamer Up Powder drink contains 125mg of caffeine. Many people have reported a jittery energy boost after drinking it, which may not be pleasant for many people. Gamer Up currently only has two flavors: Fruit Punch and Bubblegum. This drink is also sugar-free, so you won’t suffer from a sugar crash, making it a good option for long-running game sessions.
It isn’t very affordable and costs* around $2 per serving.
8. Gamma Labs G-Fuel
Gfuel claims to be the “official energy drink of E-sports”. The 150mg caffeine content of this energy drink delivers a powerful energy boost. Gfuel energy drinks come in a variety of flavors like Fruit Punch, Peach Ice Tea, Black on blackberry, Green Apple and the best selling FaZeberry tub. The taste is smooth and sweet. Gfuel is also sugar-free – so no sugar crash.
The drink is quite affordable and costs* less than $1 per serving.
So there you have it, pick your fix wisely and game on!
*Prices are subject to change so please check them online.