The new Pokemon Go game is knocking out Niantic's servers again as the roll-out reached new countries. Update: Reason for server outage could have been a hacker attack.
The Pokemon Go servers faced issues right after the launch in the week of July 6. The server issues led to the delayed roll-out of Pokemen Go to Europe and Asia. Now several European countries are officially launched since end of last week. A couple hours ago, Niantic announced a bunch more European countries to have launched. This has caused now again the Pokemon Go servers to crash on the weekend.
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Here is the number one rule. Never launch something end of the week before the weekend. Niantic's admins have a busy weekend because the company launched 26 countries on Saturday! New countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Update: Another reason could be a possible hack attack on Pokemon Go servers. A hacker group claims that they brought down the servers. They threaten to be able to do more damage.
Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon .— XO (@xotehpoodle) July 16, 2016
The community driven Pokemon Go monitoring site at cmmcd reports right now that the servers are unstable. Servers have been unreachable earlier today.
Niantic Labs has years of experience operating an augmented reality game. They are the makers of Ingress. Nothing though has prepared them for the crazy Pokemon fans. Pokemon Go is not just exciting kids, but also grown ups that have played Pokemon games in the past two decades.
Use the crowd-sourced Pokemon Go server status page to check if servers are down, or if its a local problem. This community Pokemon Go status page has 600,000 users that report the status. Obviously a Pokemon Go server health status page would be a feature that Niantic is supposed to offer. Niantic is though a startup and they are experiencing right now the classic "nice problem to have." It is called success.
Let's give Niantic a break. They have stumbled onto something huge by combining AR with Pokemon.
The Pokemon Go augmented reality game was launched on iOS and Android on July 6.
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