Blizzard servers are reportedly down for WoW Classic
UPDATE: Blizzard has now confirmed that WoW Classic servers are suffering from a DDOS attack today.
“We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games,” a message from the support team reads.
“We apologise once again for the inconvenience caused by today’s outages, we’re working to resolve this ASAP.”
ORIGINAL: Blizzard services have been affected by a server outage today, mainly hitting WoW Classic players in the United States.
WoW Classic servers are reportedly down in the US, affecting the biggest Realms available.
It’s currently unclear what is causing today’s server issues or how long they might last.
One Twitter account is taking credit for the server disruption today and claiming a DDOS attack.
They provided a 30 minutes warning before the WoW Classic Server Status problem were first flagged.
Much of today’s problems can be linked to this claim, but it isn’t possible to completely confirm it until Blizzard themselves provide details.
A distributed denial of service attack is an attempt to bring down a large network by overwhelming it with bogus requests.
The most common way to pull this off is by using botnets and creating fake traffic, making it impossible for the service to fulfil its standard commands.
It’s unclear if today’s problems on WoW Classic servers have been caused by such an attack, although that is what the fanbase suspect has happened.
“I’m getting the error WOW51900102 when I try to log in. Is there anything I can do to fix it?” one user writes.
Plenty of DDOS attacks have happened in the past and affected massive gaming networks, including Steam, PSN and Xbox Live.
The official WoW Classic Realm Status website run by Blizzard doesn’t currently list any as being offline, and there is no ETA on when WoW Classic servers will be back online today.
“This page lists all available World of Warcraft realms and has information on whether or not a realm is up or down. You can find more information about realm status and scheduled maintenances in the Service Status Forum.
“If your realm is listed as down, rest assured that we’re aware of it and working diligently to bring it back online as quickly as possible.”