Why can't people just connect to my "instance"?

Why do I have to port forward and all that jazz? I’m not super into messing with networking but I just want to play some Beamng with my GF. Why can’t I just start a game and have friends join?

The easiest solution is to use a public server or one of our BeamMP certified hosting partners to get a server for you. If you want to host your own server, you will need to port forward.