Online services and internet providers are getting slammed right now, all because of the coronavirus and self-isolation. So naturally people are turning to video games, which is causing all sorts of problems people never thought they’d experience. Like queues just to login to Battle.net.
Update: 5:07pm The official Blizzard account, and the Battle.net client, are now warning users that the service is being hit by a “DDoS attack against network providers”.
We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games.— Blizzard CS – The Americas (@BlizzardCS) March 18, 2020
The attack comes after users had trouble logging into the Battle.net client, while others were disconnected from games while they were connected.
We're actively investigating an issue where players are unable to connect to BattleNet servers. Stay tuned for updates.— Activision Support (@ATVIAssist) March 18, 2020
We're currently investigating an issue affecting our authentication servers, which may result in failed or slow login attempts.— Blizzard CS – The Americas (@BlizzardCS) March 18, 2020
When users did login, the client reported that there is “an issue that is affecting our authentication servers”.
whoaaa pic.twitter.com/wc3JlF0EDf— Kenn (@kennleandre) March 18, 2020
Será que os servers do Battle net estão dando conta da popularidade do game hoje @pOkizGames . Hahahaha— peedroluucas_ (@peedroluucas2) March 18, 2020
Apesar do lado ruim, também é visível o grande lado bom!
Let's vamos MW WZ. pic.twitter.com/ugbHz7QJwx
Quarantined so you got all the time to play some games? How about COD? A match of Overwatch? Or roaming Azeroth?— Freddy Tan (@freddytan) March 18, 2020
Welp. Everyone is thinking the same. #battlenet time to upgrade your server. pic.twitter.com/0L3nQcrXl3
gotta wait 169 minutes to just log into battlenet?? WTF?? you want me to go out and socialize during this covid-19 shit blizzard? THIS IS HOW PEOPLE GET CORONAVIRUS! https://t.co/raiEEHhq5t— rusty (@nwheeler61) March 18, 2020
Blizzard aren’t the only ones to have server issues over the last week. Xbox Live has had two hiccups in service over the last week, and days after expanding their video sharing limit from 10 to 50, Discord had an hour-long outage. As more companies try to cope with the unprecedented spike in daytime gaming and usage, expect more developers to run into similar problems.