I am wondering how many people actually host their own game servers? If you do, what do you feel are the benefits you are gaining? If you don't, have you ever thought of doing so? What do you feel is stopping you from doing so?
Legal issues? Many online games (PC games mostly) allow you to host your own game server, as well as steps to do so.
Depending on how big of a game you are hosting, it is entirely possible to do this with your own PC.
I never learned how to host my own game. And also worst point is that it may be costly for my pocket. And during the lockdown and the post jobloss trips spending on the game server setup may not be a good idea either.
I would be tempted to ask a professional to do it for me as I lack knowledge in this field. The worst argument against this, is that it might be expensive for my wallet. I have to factor in Labour Costs aswell as Hosting expenses. Having to spend money on a game server during COVID-19 isn't a sensible idea when jobs are so unsecure.
A game server is basically the instance of the game you connect too.
Example: Hosting your own MineCraft server, you could connect to your own game instance (Hosted on your own system) set up the game the way you want (Mods, Texture packs, etc) and then let the public connect in, or just allow your friends to play.
Another example would be something like your own CS:GO server; Then you wouldn't be relying on their servers, you would be relying on yourself. Better network latency would be one of the benefits here.