Blizzard fighting off Warlords of Draenor DDOS attack
November 14, 2014 // 12:41 p.m.
Blizzard is fighting to stabilize World of Warcraft following a denial of service attack coupled with the usual influx of players around the launch of its latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
The massively popular MMO’s fifth expansion launched yesterday to and the influx of players accessing the servers also has not helped. Maximum realm populations were lowered to help them deal with the problem which in turn resulted in large login queues throughout launch day.
The fact that most of the players are currently in a small number of specific areas and zones has exasperated the problem. To help deal with this issue, Blizzard quickly implemented some hotfixes to allow players to access the new areas introduced in Warlords of Draenor from other locations, meaning there would be less players converging on a single choke point.
Other fixes that Blizzard is working on include specific in-game issues as well as network services and back-end server-side solutions.
North American and European Servers were shut down in the early hours of this morning for four hours of maintenance to try and address any outstanding issues.
Warlords of Draenor was first announced in November 2013. The latest expansion raises Warcraft’s level cap to 100 and introduces an upgradeable garrisons feature, allowing players to build their own bases in the world.
According to reports, even though the expansion has only been live for approximately 24 hours, some players have already hit the level 100 mark.