Roblox Has Been Down For Over 35 Hours And It’s Probably Not Chipotle’s Fault

Roblox Has Been Down For Over 35 Hours And It’s Probably Not Chipotle’s Fault
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Roblox, one of the most popular games in the world, has been down for over a day now and while many frustrated players are blaming an in-game Chiplote promotion, the devs say that free burritos aren’t the reason for the outage.

Roblox is a giant platform that allows players around the world to create and sell their own games and in-game items to others. Millions of kids log in every day to play Roblox, but right now they can’t because all the servers are currently down. The outage appears to have started more than 35 hours ago, at 10:20 am AEDT on October 29th.

The following morning on October 30 at 12:20 a.m. AEDT, the official Roblox Twitter account posted that it was aware of the server outage and was working on a fix.

Around 5 pm, Roblox’s devs were still working on fixing the server issues, posting a new tweet that apologised for the outage and assured players it was making progress on fixing the situation.

This tweet also included a message to players that the outage wasn’t caused by any “specific experiences or partnerships on the platform.” This seems to be a reference to the theory among many players that the outage was caused by Chipotle giving away $1 million dollars worth of free burritos in Roblox. That event started about an hour before the server crash started.

The timing is certainly suspicious, but for now, Roblox is being careful not to blame a big partner for such a huge server collapse. As for the actual reason the servers are down, Roblox hasn’t explained what the cause could be.

It’s been hours since Roblox has updated its server status page or tweeted out a new message about the ongoing server outage. So it seems like it might be at least a few more hours before everything is back up and running.

While many younger players might be upset about this, I’d imagine a ton of parents are happy that they don’t have to play Adopt Me for a few hours. Plus, considering how shady and scummy Roblox is and how it uses children to help it create more games and become bigger, without paying them back fairly, I’m sure many others are happy if Roblox never comes back online.

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  • “Plus, considering how shady and scummy Roblox is and how it uses children to help it create more games and become bigger, without paying them back fairly, I’m sure many others are happy if Roblox never comes back online.”

    I knew Kotaku hated fun, probably shouldn’t have been surprised when Zack linked to Wired and their’s hit-pieces on Roblox. Don’t tell Zack that videogames are advertised to children (shock horror!) to fuel their growth, or that Kotaku’s previous scummy owner Gawker Media Group publicly outed homosexuals and published revenge porn. Does Zack approve of it all, who knows, he was complicit in those actions by remaining silent and making fun of the subjects.

    “The way kids are lured into creating content for the site with promises of making money, the way they have almost zero chance of those games ever making a cent.”

    Being greedy is not the same thing as being ‘lured’. There are hundreds of thousands of games on the platform, with the majority of gamers concentrated in perhaps a few thousand of those. Most games will never be popular enough for a sufficient period of time to have a consistent playerbase.

    That is the inherent risk-reward that exists in the real world if you try to launch a new product or business, is Kotaku going to start whinging about how it’s ‘not fair’ some businesses are struggling whilst others see increased patronage?

    “…the way games that do make a few bucks still won’t pay a cent to their creators unless they make over $US1000 ($1,396), it all sucks!”

    Putting a minimum threshold and premium membership requirements before an account is eligible to cash out seems more in line with preventing financial crimes whilst also maintaining their desired system of paying developers. Should it just be lowered to ‘if you make 10 USD you can cash out’? That’s just leaving it rife for potential abuse. ‘Think of the children!!!!’ makes for a poor argument these days, especially with respect to videogames – unless you’re a politician.

    • You lost me with your response to the first one. You quote a comment about a specific business practice, but fail to counter it with an actual argument. Instead you go to some tenuous thing about the previous owners of this publication etc, and then personally attacking the author by making them culpable.

      “unless you’re a politician.”

      You are quite literally talking like a politician. Make some arguments or step off, but don’t insult the reader with this transparent bullshit.

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