Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

July 8, 2013 -

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.

Source: Kotaku


Comments

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

I ended up pirating it.  I've enjoyed it for three hours or so now with no signs of slowing down, and am looking forward to being able to give them my money.

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

Me too. When i saw the $20 price tag i knew i needed to test it first.

I don't mind the game. Probably spent 45 minutes or so. But until they finish it, i dont see myself playing another minute. I understand that they're trying to get away from minecraft so they're not called a clone, but seriously, as an adventure game it's not very good.

If they open up some of the mining/collecting/farming as an added layer above the adventure nature, i think they might really have something.

But as adventure alone, nope, sorry.

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

I'll give them huge credit for looking for an internal problem before blaming hackers.

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

It's kind of sad to think that this is how I found out about this game... After looking at some videos and whatnot it seems like an insanely cool idea, and yet I can't buy it currently as they aren't accepting new registrations for the site currently due to the attacks.

Wonder if they'd be interested in putting it up on Steam's Greenlight system, it'd pretty much put the kebash on the DDoS attacks and give them a fairly good amount of attention from more gamers as well.

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

I managed to get a copy fairly early, thankfully, and I've had a fair bit of fun with it. It's not very complex, yet - it's still an alpha after all - but I can see a lot of potential!

Hopefully the DDoS will end soon, and Picroma can get back to development. I can't imagine the flood of Customer Service problems they're wading through at the moment - not to mention the potential for lost sales.

It's a damn shame. I don't understand why someone would do that - I don't know what they think they stand to gain from it.

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

I woke up this morning to a Ctrl-Alt-Del comic about this and didn't really understand the issue. I thought it was just a simple jab at click bombing websites (you know the so called reddit/kotaku/whatever-high-traffic site effect). Then I started reading news that this was something happening to a real game. Sucks.

Re: Report: Cube World Servers Under Attack

it's periodically put up in the evenings. I was able to get online last night (12AM PST) and purchase the game. 

 
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