The Pokemon Go Server uptime reached 95% yesterday. Now as Japanese Pokemon fans are coming online, the servers are down and unstable again.
Niantic struggles again keeping the Pokemon Go servers up. Today the Pokemon Go app launched in Japan. In the past hour the servers have been down half the time as it evening begins in Japan. It is Friday night. People have time to play the game. I say this again. Never launch something on a Friday and yet Niantic does it again.
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Yesterday the Pokemon Go trainers celebrated on reddit that Niantic managed to achieve a 95% up time for the day. Today is a different story again as Niantic struggles again to bring a new country online.
Reports about server issues popped up over the last hour. The Pokemon Go server status page at jooas shows the server unstable for the past 9 minutes. The servers have also shown to be offline for 2 to 3 minutes. The Pokemon Trainers Club also suffered outage and is marked as unstable now.
What is very concerning is that the outages are not local. We see Pokemon Go server down Tweets from Germany, USA and Japan. Niantic's server infrastructure is apparently not distributed. Changing an service architecture on a whim is extremely challenging. My guess is that they are just scrambling to somehow keep their current stuff to scale.
It is going to be though next couple of hours for the Niantic server team.
Niantic is keeping Pokemon Go trainers in the dark about what is going on behind the scenes. There has not been a single tweet since days until today, when Niantic announced the release in Japan. Niantic does not have a PR and marketing person available as she got a baby girl just two days after the Pokemon Go launch. Niantic certainly did not expect Pokemon Go as big as it is already after just two weeks.
Niantic has a long list of issues to resolve. Besides the server issues, developers around the world create Pokemon Go bots based on reverse engineered Pokemon Go APIs that automate the task of farming Pokeballs, hedging eggs and catch Pokemon. Soon geeks will not be seen outside anymore as they use bots to do the leg work. It will be back to where things have been before unless Niantic comes up with solution.
Every cloud service has a digital key system to enable communication only between authorized clients. Niantic will need to implement a similar solution.