The developers of the indie action RPG game Cube World have been trying to sell early alpha access to the game for a little under a weak but fans who try to purchase the game keep getting an error and can't complete the purchase. At first developers thought the problem was that too many visitors were trying to buy the cute little voxel-based RPG at the same time.
It turns out that the problem is that someone has been consistently bombarding the servers with an intentional distributed denial of service attack.
"Initially we assumed the fault was on our side, like our download/updating system could be broken, so we closed the sale and improved our system," Wollay Funck, developer behind the game, told Kotaku. "But it turned out that all these problems were the result of DoS attacks. It seems that someone is trying to systematically damage us and our business. The attacks usually occur during evening/night as soon as we open our store or user registrations. The attackers obviously want to prevent us from selling our game."
"Being just a small team (my wife and me), we didn't expect such things. We just tried to make our game available in its early state in the best possible way, which is on our homepage, where we can directly communicate with the community and provide patches and updates easily."
The good news is that Funck is trying to fix the problem. The bad news is that servers are still down and the site where you buy it is currently offline...
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.