View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
November 18, 2014

WoW gamers slayed by DDoS attack

Blizzard's World of Warcraft expansion hit with crashes and server glitches.

By CBR Staff Writer

Players of the newly launched World of Warcraft (WoW) expansion, dubbed ‘Warlords of Draenor’, have faced crashes and long delays due to server glitches.

The game developer Blizzard has been working to fix the issues, which included servers remaining inaccessible in Europe for five hours on Saturday.

Blizzard told the BBC: "While the majority of our players are able to play, we’re very sorry that many are stuck in queues before they’re able to get in, due to a combination of demand and the mitigating measures we’ve taken.

"We’ve been working around the clock to upgrade hardware as well as implement further software solutions so that we can reduce the queues to get in, and we’ve already seen considerable improvement."

The fifth iteration of the 10-year-old fantasy role-playing game, which went on sale from 13 November, enables accessing a new orc-controlled planet, called Draenor.

Furthermore, the concerns worsened due to a distributed denial of services (DDoS) attack, which surged Blizzard’s PCs with internet traffic in the past week.

Other noted issues included ‘player not found’ error messages; blocked access to dungeons; characters getting struck; and lag within the game.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

In addition to WoW, other games hit with server glitches include Microsoft’s sci-fi shooter, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which also went on sale the previous week.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.