In a bizarre turn of events, a server crash has left many Roblox users unable to log into the gaming platform. When popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter go down for hours, some community members get angry and take to social media to vent. It looks like that’s what happened. On Saturday afternoon, tweets began pouring out of the U.S. and Europe, noting the absence of some games and forum content for Roblox, which allows players to construct their own virtual worlds and share them with friends.
Yesterday, a Roblox spokesperson released a statement apologizing for the outage, saying it was an “internal issue” and that it was being fixed quickly. (So much for that.)
Several hours after the outage began, a new hashtag #robloxdown began to trend and people were exploring other options to keep their games running. For the uninitiated, Roblox is a game of child-focused fantasy imagination. It’s a platform where players create their own adventures to explore, compete, and cooperate in a network of worlds that can be shared with anyone with a game card. Other popular alternatives to Roblox include Minecraft, and SimCity — but none have quite the reach of Roblox.
In any case, there’s no doubt this will probably not be the last time that a major gaming platform goes down. Over a thousand roblox customers — ranging from kids who just want to play as a race of carrots to a bunch of creeps who want to just sit around and play creepy — have already flocked to Twitter to vent their dismay at the outage.
For other players, though, the outage has been very frustrating.
It’s a great time to play one of my favorite games! RT @RacingTechnics: @roblox_support What happened?! Its down… #robloxdown #roblox #robloxfail — Noah Abdi (@abdi_mobo) October 15, 2017
Hundreds of Roblox players in Germany are waiting for the servers to be repaired or can’t play right now. We are doing what we can to assist anyone who has any question or needs clarification. — Roblox Team (@roblox_support) October 15, 2017
As for why the service went down, reports vary. Some suggested that the servers got overloaded from the huge amount of people playing the game, while others said that it was just an internal error. Whatever the cause, it doesn’t look like the service will be back up until Monday morning at the earliest.
Read the full story at Ars Technica.
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