Despite technical costs, Geek Native still goes down from time to time. Sorry about that.
No one gets more frustrated by a website outage at the blog than me, but at least I save money when the site is offline! I’m not, for example, Sony or Microsoft with empires to run.
I wonder how much money those giants fail to make every second when there are outages at Xbox or PlayStation? Given games like Fifa 2022 are on the way, outrage triggering games, this study from ToolTester is timely.
The Fastly outage, one that took down about 85% of their own network, and they’re one of the biggest behind the scenes bones of the web, inspired the report.
Xbox Live goes down more than PSN
ToolTester says that Xbox Live had 102 outages in the last 12 months. 68% of Xbox gamers have reported being kicked off a game and unable to connect to the network afterwards.
It’s a close tussle, though. The PlayStation Network isn’t far behind.
PSN has been out 90 times in the last year, says the same report. Reports are similar, too, the top frustration from gamers being unable to log in.
ToolTester is a site that checks out various website building solutions. You know the ones who’re always running ads on YouTube or paying Influencers to plug their services.
As ToolTester cares about measuring sites, the bulk of their research for this project was into websites. Spoilers: It’s sites that Geek Native readers will likely care about; Discord, Steam, YouTube, Spotify, Microsoft, etc.
Unless that is, you’re in the UK like yours truly, where the broadband providers themselves are more likely to top the charts (in a bad way).
Of course, this report only looks at big sites in the first place. Sky Broadband gets the unfortunate top spot, followed by Virgin Media and then Talk Talk.
Tech versus Gaming
When you look at the data by category, you’ll see just how dramatic the geographic split in internet providers is. 161 issues in the UK for internet/mobile providers, but none reported in the US.
We can also see just how steady banks are compared to gaming.
You have to wonder whether there’s a connection between stable internet services and the most hated gaming brands in the world.
Photograph credit: Elisa Ventur.
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