Blizzard’s gaming community faced a major setback on Sunday when a DDoS attack disrupted the gameplay of popular titles like Diablo IV and World of Warcraft. From the early hours of Sunday morning, the Battle.net online service became the target of this malicious attack, severely impacting players’ ability to enjoy these games. The company’s customer support Twitter account acknowledged the situation, stating, “We continue to actively monitor an ongoing DDoS attack which is affecting latency/connections to our games.” Initially, Blizzard had reported investigating an authentication issue before confirming the DDoS attack.
By 12:30 PM ET, the problem persisted, causing significant inconvenience for players. A notification displayed on the PC version of Battle.net warned users about the ongoing DDoS attack, which resulted in high latency and frequent disconnections. Blizzard assured players that they were actively working to resolve the issue. Some players on Reddit shared their experiences of being unable to play Blizzard’s latest games, such as Diablo IV, for extended periods ranging from 10 to 12 hours. This incident has reignited discussions among the community, urging Blizzard to consider implementing an offline mode for Diablo IV.
Update 1:36 PM ET: Blizzard announced that the DDoS attacks experienced earlier in the day have come to an end as of 1:18 PM ET. However, if players continue to experience connectivity issues, the company advises following the troubleshooting advice available on its website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about DDoS attack
What caused the disruption in Blizzard games on Sunday?
The disruption in Blizzard games on Sunday was caused by a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.
Which games were affected by the DDoS attack?
The DDoS attack affected popular titles such as Diablo IV and World of Warcraft, along with other Blizzard games.
How long did the DDoS attack last?
The DDoS attack lasted for several hours, with some players reporting being unable to play Blizzard’s games for at least 10 to 12 hours.
Did Blizzard address the issue?
Yes, Blizzard acknowledged the DDoS attack and actively worked to mitigate the issue. They provided updates through their customer support account on Twitter and recommended troubleshooting advice on their website.
Will Blizzard consider adding an offline mode to Diablo IV?
The incident has renewed calls from the community for Blizzard to add an offline mode to Diablo IV, as it would allow players to continue playing the game even during online service disruptions caused by events like DDoS attacks.
Has the DDoS attack been resolved?
As of 1:18 PM ET, Blizzard announced that the DDoS attacks they were experiencing earlier in the day are over. However, if players still can’t connect, they are advised to follow the troubleshooting advice provided on the Blizzard website.