Overwatch DOWN: Blizzard servers offline as fans queue for online multiplayer matches
UPDATE: Overwatch and other Blizzard services appear to have been hit with a DDoS attack that has taken the servers offline.
Blizzard confirmed as much on Twitter, telling fans: "We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games."
ORIGINAL: Overwatch appears to be down, as players are kicked off servers and forced to queue for online multiplayer matches.
Fresh reports on Down Detector and Twitter suggest that Overwatch is offline for hundreds of players.
Down Detector, which monitors online outages, has hundreds of reports for Overwatch and other Blizzard gaming services.
The issue seems to be with the servers, as players are kicked out of matches.
Players are then told that they're in a queue behind hundreds of other competitors.
One fans writes:"Wow can't believe I'm gonna lose 50 comp points because I was kicked out of the PlayOverwatch servers."
Another posted: "Is #Overwatch down for anyone else? It's telling me "In queue, 1000 players ahead of you." I'd rather not wait for 1000 people."
Blizzard has acknowledged the issue on Twitter, telling fans that it is investigating the outage.
"We're currently investigating an issue affecting our authentication servers, which may result in failed or slow login attempts," reads a Blizzard tweet.
More to follow...
The news comes just days after the launch of the Summer Games 2017 update.
The Summer Games 2017 event features the return of Lucioball, as well as new and returning skins.
And as an added bonus, the old skins introduced last year will be available at a slightly cheaper price.
Classic Summer Games skins will cost 1,000 credits, instead of the 3,000 credits it usually takes to unlock limited Legendary skins. The new skins will be sold at 3,000 credits.
New Summer Games 2017 cosmetic items will cost 3,000 for Legendary Skins, 750 credits for Epic skins, 225 credits for Rare tier items and 75 credits for common tier items.
That's compared to returning Legendary skins at 1,000 credits, 2016 Epic skins for 250 credits, last year's Rare tier items for 75 credits and 2016 Common tier items for just 25 credits.
The online issues might have something to do with a recently discovered bug in Lucioball.
The seasonal game mode currently has a bug affecting Competitive play. Friends have been unable to play the game mode together due to a ranking issue.
If two friends are ranked differently in regular Competitive play, they can't play together in Copa Lucioball, regardless of their rank in the new mode.
Game director Jeff Kaplan apologised to fans and told them that a fix would be released as part of an imminent PS4 and Xbox One update.