Everybody was expecting some frights and thrills last weekend. But for many trick-or-treaters, this year’s ‘trick’ could not have been more horrifying: a complete Roblox shutdown that lasted three days. Cue the horrified screams of the playerbase (and their parents) the world over.
The horror story began on a dark and gloomy evening - 7pm EST to be precise - last Thursday 28th October. Just thirty minutes into a cross-promotion with popular restaurant chain, Chipotle, the Roblox servers began to shut down. This led many online sleuths to deduce that this promotion was to blame. But in a twist to this tale, the true culprit turned out to be a creepy-crawly of the digital variety.
Roblox founder and CEO, David Baszucki, stated in a blog post that the outage was down to a ‘subtle bug’ that their teams took a long time to diagnose. And by yesterday evening, the Roblox shutdown came to an end.
Baszucki also stated in his blog post that the Roblox team will conduct a ‘post-mortem’ of the event and publish the results to ensure full transparency with its community.
“We will publish a post-mortem with more details once we’ve completed our analysis, along with the actions we’ll be taking to avoid such issues in the future. In addition, we will implement a policy to make our creator community economically whole as a result of this outage. There are more details on this to come. As part of our “Respect the Community” value, we will continue to be transparent in our post-mortem.”
The statement highlights the effect that the outage may have had on enterprising Roblox players, who may have dipped out on a lot of income during Halloween weekend. Which is similar to how the great Facebook outage of 2021 negatively impacted a lot of businesses the world over.
However, now that the nightmare is over, we wonder whether tales of the great Roblox shutdown of 2021 will stand the test of time.
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