Blizzard Entertainment hit by DDoS attack, players touch some grass for the first time!

Diablo IV encountered a major setback this weekend as the company’s online service fell victim to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack

Diablo IV
Source: Blizzard

Diablo IV just came out, and Blizzard has been largely satisfied with the response it’s getting from the community. The game has a lot to offer for gamers, especially fans of the Diablo franchise. However, it seems that someone is either jealous of the response the game is getting or someone simply didn’t like the game that much because Diablo IV encountered a major setback this weekend as the company’s online service fell victim to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Players were left frustrated and unable to access Diablo IV, World of Warcraft, and other Blizzard titles. The attack disrupted gameplay and annoyed a whole bunch of people.

Guess players touched some grass for the meantime?

Since the early hours of Sunday morning, the service experienced severe disruptions due to an apparent DDoS attack. Players encountered high latency and frequent disconnections, rendering the games literally unplayable. Blizzard’s customer support account acknowledged the issue in no time, stating that the company was actively monitoring the ongoing attack. Numerous reports on Reddit exhibited the frustration experienced by players who were unable to access the games for at least 10 to 12 hours. Such incidents tend to spark demands from players for an offline mode, which would allow them to play without a connection to online servers.

By 12:30 PM ET, Blizzard had not yet resolved the issue, and players continued to face connectivity problems. A notification displayed on the launcher confirmed the ongoing DDoS attack and assured players that the company was actively working to mitigate the situation. However, as frustration kept growing, social media calls for Blizzard to implement an offline mode in Diablo IV grew louder.

An update at 1:36 PM ET brought some relief to affected players. Blizzard announced that the DDoS attacks had ceased as of 1:18 PM ET. However, if players were still encountering connection issues, the company advised following troubleshooting advice available on their website. It remains to be seen whether the attack will have any long-term consequences for the stability and security of the platform.


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