Whoever suffered the pain and frustration inflicted by the World of Warcraft issues over the weekend will be happy to know that the ordeal is over and everything is just fine. For those unfamiliar with the Warlords of Draenor release, let us tell you the whole story, as now it has a happy end too.
The launch of the fifth expansion of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor came together with a lot of issues that gave nightmares to players, Reddit admins and Blizzard engineers in the last two – three days. The very second the game became live, millions of players rushed over the servers to see the highly anticipated new realm with their own eyes.
As if they didn’t learn anything from last week’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch failure, some players were surprised by Blizzard servers going down almost immediately. Some users were so surprised and angry about it, in fact, that they started some sort of revolution. The World of Warcraft issues began to escalate to the point of madness.
Long story short, at first there were the players left in queue for hours. Some reports say that users mentioned queues higher than 8,000, and waiting times of 12 hours or more. Many people understood that World of Warcraft issues were common to all major games during their release day and manifested their discontent on forums and via the web in a civilized manner.
However, since their requests weren’t immediately solved and the hours passed, a mass of angry players started boycotting the game to the point of sending it into financial oblivion. People intentionally started to push down the game on Amazon by giving it negative comments and two – star reviews.
The cake, however, was taken by the World of Warcraft subreddit admin, known by the name of Nitesmoke, who decided to remove the r/wow, the largest WoW – dedicated places on the Internet, just because he wasn’t able to log onto the game and play it.
Described as “spiteful and childish”, his behavior stirred a powerful controversy and a fight over the re-installment of the r/wow. Another redditor made heroic efforts to bring back the subreddit and he managed to do so. He also publicly apologized for Nitesmoke’s actions and made everything possible to bring peace among players once again.
What was Blizzard doing in the meanwhile? After recovering from the shock of having such wild success and being the victim of such resonant failure, Blizzard started working on their servers to solve the World of Warcraft issues, cut the log – in times and fix the queue bugs.
How are things now? Better. Almost all World of Warcraft issues are solved: the subreddit is active and peaceful again and the servers are up and running, allowing players to log on and start their adventure on Draenor. The Dark Portal awaits!