The Activision Blizzard servers were, for a very brief period, under a DDoS attack as the Call of Duty Double XP event kick started for the holiday weekend.
Days off from school and/or work implies more gaming hours. And hence, the Thanksgiving holidays are a very special time for the gamers. While there are the weekends, which, well they arrive every week, an extended holiday, for gamers, means that they can keep aside all of their distractions of the daily life and can solely focus on their games, for longer durations.
However, this was not the case, at least, for the players of games from Activision Blizzard, such as, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and the others. This was because the Battle.net servers had undergone a DDoS attack.
According to a tweet from the official Blizzard Customer Support Twitter account, the Battle.net servers were under a DDoS attack. According to the activity on Down Detector, a large spike in the outages were seen, starting late Wednesday evening, from about 6:00 PM EST. The players were made aware of this situation, roughly at 6:35 PM EST.
Unfortunately for the players, this DDoS attack coincided with the Call of Duty Double XP holiday weekend. This meant that the players lost some valuable time, which they could have spent grinding for upgrading their levels. Apart from Call of Duty, this attack also affected other titles from Activision Blizzard, such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and others.
Activision Blizzard Servers Under DDoS Attack During Call of Duty Double XP Event
As per another tweet, posted an hour after the previous tweet, from Blizzard Customer Support, thee attack seems to have ended. According to Down Detector, the outage report spike had dissipated as quickly as it had begun, at around 7: 30 PM EST. At the time of writing this article, the Battle.net servers were back to working. However, the outrage reports were slightly higher at the end of the attack than it was at the start, indicating that there might have been some residual damage.
Nevertheless, fans and players remained disgruntled as the attack coincided with the Call of Duty Double XP event. Some called it retribution for the latest scandal that involved company’s CEO Bobby Kotick while others criticised how a company like Activision Blizzard is not immune to such an attack and had to call in their engineers during the week-long, company-wide holiday.
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