Blizzard admits World of Warcraft DDoS attack

Blizzard has confirmed that its World of Warcraft servers are currently facing a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which is affecting gamers trying to check out new expansion set, Warlords of Draenor.

With the new content launching this week, Blizzard is understandably the focus of many people’s attention. Unfortunately for the studio, some of those people aren’t playing well with others.

Community manager Bashiok has made the announcement via the WoW forums, explaining that maximum realm populations for WoW have been temporarily lowered – which means lower latency for those people in the game, but greater queue times for those who aren’t logged on.

We’re excited to finally launch Warlords of Draenor and explore this new world with you, but we know that the experience has been less than ideal as we approach our first full day of launch.

Europe was our first region to launch, and we encountered a few issues due to the sheer number of players attempting to enter Draenor from a single location. We worked to add multiple new ways to access Draenor, and this helped ease some of the initial rush into the new expansion as players were able to access it from their capital cities, as well as from the shrines in Pandaria.

While that solution helped a ton for our North American launch, we ran into a few other issues, including a distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in increased latency.

There are other problems plaguing the Blizzard servers too, including:

  • Instance servers timing out, which may impact dungeon access
  • Continent server issues, which are resulting in Player Not Found and disconnection issues
  • Garrison server issues, which are resulting in phasing and performance issues

We’ll post updates here as we make progress against these issues. Thank you for your zeal to face down the tyranny of the Iron Horde—and for your continued patience as we work to improve the current experience.

For the latest information on the affected servers, stay tuned to the World of Warcraft forums (and Player Attack, of course!). If you’d been hoping to spend your weekend playing through the new Warlords of Draenor content… you might be waiting a little longer, sorry.

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