The popular gaming platform, Roblox, which is immensely popular amongst young players, announced on Twitter Sunday evening that it is back online worldwide. The recovery came after a three-day global outage, it is a somewhat unusual streak of blackout for a tech firm of Roblox’s enormous size. The corporation said earlier that the cause was an “internal system problem.”
Roblox is back online everywhere! Thank you for your continued patience as we get back to normal.
— Roblox (@Roblox) October 31, 2021
The Three-Day Global Outage Was Due to the Heavy Load on Servers
“A core system in our infrastructure became overwhelmed, prompted by a subtle bug in our backend service communications while under heavy load,” David Baszucki, Roblox’s founder and CEO told in a post after services were reestablished.
“This was not due to any peak in external traffic or any particular experience. Rather the failure was caused by the growth in the number of servers in our datacenters. The result was that most services at Roblox were unable to effectively communicate and deploy.” Recovery “took longer” than anticipated due to “difficulty in diagnosing the actual bug,” Baszucki said.
A Promotional Alliance of Free Burritos for the Roblox Players
Moreover, rumors had it that a promotional alliance between the gaming platform and Chipotle, which intended to give out $1 million worth of free burritos to Roblox players around Halloween time, directed to the crash causing a three-day global outage. However, Roblox denied in a tweet that the disruption was prompted by any “experiences or partnerships” on the platform.
Roblox Has Over 43 million Daily Active Users
In addition to this, the Roblox crash causing a three-day global outage also came at the time of Facebook’s rebranding decision to become Meta. Roblox, which enables users to create and play games, is usually seen as the symbol of metaverses. The three-day global outage is not just creating impatience among young users over Halloween weekend but also Roblox’s millions of developers who earn money by promoting games to kids and teens. Roblox had over 43 million daily active users as of August.
Source: The Verge