Can VPNs reduce latency? [duplicate]

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http://serverfault.com – This question already has an answer here: Route over the public interface or the VPN? 2 answers I've found a common subject in forums asking about using VPNs to reduce latencies between the gamers and the game servers. I've even found some blog posts confirming this. From my understanding, using a VPN shouldn't reduce latency at all, unless routers somehow treat encrypted packe (HowTos)