COVID-19 Pandemic Is The Reason for Temporary Discord Servers Accessibility Damage
On Monday, March 16, users of the popular messenger Discord faced an unexpectedly serious problem. As a result of a series of fatal errors, most servers were disconnected, and the application reported about interruptions and API errors. The start of Discord outage was recorded at 14:19. The Discord administration reported the final restoration of Discord servers status on the status page at 15:32.
The reason for the Discord issues is connected with the company’s announcement of increasing the world-wide capacity by more than 20 percent to ensure smooth operation. The messenger administration took this step to meet the significantly increased demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In response, more than 40 thousand users on Twitter only immediately supported this initiative, which negatively affected Discord server status and led to interruptions. Why did it happen? Discord is down because of an increase in the number of text, video and voice messages sent by users who found themselves in isolation, as well as numerous office workers who switched to remote work mode.
This Discord down time was not the only issue – users of the corporate Microsoft Teams platform and a number of other chat services that were not ready to work in high demand faced a similar problem.