It’s A Blue Christmas: Game Networks Crash

Category: Technology / Dec 28, 2013 8:54AM EDT

Today on The Rundown, we focus on the Christmas gaming network outages.

Steam, Nintendo, and Sony all had connectivity issues - the Steam Store flat-out shut down, Nintendo’s eShop was just closed for emergency maintenance, and the PlayStation Network had limited access to online play and dowloadable content.

Steam’s shutdown was likely caused by a super Steam Sale - Left 4 Dead 2 was free to download on Christmas Day when the store crashed. Nintendo’s 3DS and WiiU stores crashed as well when faced with the high volume, but has been taken offline so Nintendo can fix the issues (the Steam Store was back up on the 26th).

Sony’s PlayStation Network didn’t crash, but its user reported widespread outages and connectivity issues. Like the Steam Store, PSN was back up the next day.

It’s important to note that there were no reports of problems with Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online service - maybe it’s because Microsoft is familiar with infrastructure building.