It wasn’t a great weekend for video game fans, as players of Diablo IV multiplayer role-playing game were greeted with an error message as it tried to connect to the servers of developer Blizzard:
We are currently experiencing a DDoS attack, which may result in high latency and disconnections for some players. We are actively working to mitigate this issue.
Yes, someone had taken it upon themselves to launch a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack against Diablo IV, less than one month after it launched on PlayStation, XBox, and Windows.
According to a Kotaku report, some players were prevented from accessing the game for close to 12 hours.
This would be frustrating enough for people who wanted to play
As you can probably guess, some gamers are less than impressed by that particular design decision by Blizzard’s developers (which, in fairness, was probably implemented to check gamers were running licensed versions of the game).
Diablo IV is far from the first video game to tussle with toerags launching DDoS attacks, and I’ll wager it won’t be the last.