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So, a managed server, by definition, is a server that we handle the updates, optimizations, and backend work for. An unmanaged server is more like a self-managed server. You, the customer, are in charge of optimizations and backend work beyond what the operating system provides.
This list isn't exhaustive. There may be more, depending on how you look at each. What we recommend is that beginners choose managed gameservers to start, and use the backup feature to back up all the data if you ever feel comfortable with running one on your own.
Need something quick and simple? Check out our Managed Servers! You can host Minecraft, GoldSrc Engine games, Source Engine games, and more!
If you need something that's both powerful and flexible, you may be interested in our VPS/VDS, or a Dedicated Server!