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Who among us hasn't experienced the cold and cruel sting of a server outage while playing an online game? Even if you're like me and rarely dabble in online multiplayer, it's something you're bound to have dealt with at least few times in your life. Hell, some nights it feels like I'm spending more time staring at error messages than I am actually playing.
Of course there are some games out there that are simply more prone to server downtime than others. This is typically because the more popular games are under more of a strain and require more regular maintenance/can go down more easily as a result... but I'm not sure that many of you care about the reasons why when you've booked a day off work to play a game that you can't actually get into.
Which brings me to a new study conducted by Mazuma Mobile. The company recently took at look at Downdetector, an online service that helpfully monitors server downtime across a range of websites, social platforms, and video games. Diving into the archives and tracking any outages between November 2018 and September 2020 to compile a list of total outages and average outages each month, they found that Call Of Duty has far more monthly outages than any other video game franchise. Surprised? I'd bet you probably aren't.
Call Of Duty came out on top with an eye-watering average of 18.5 outages per month. That's more than double League Of Legends, which came in second with 8.18. To be fair to Call Of Duty, that larger number takes multiple games into consideration, but anyone who's played Modern Warfare and Warzone will know that those servers can be a real pain in the butt.
The FIFA franchise came in third with 7.55, which isn't too bad since it's once again tracking multiple games. Grand Theft Auto Online took fourth with 7.45, while Counter Strike rounded out the top five with 7.27. The top ten was completed by Rainbow Six Siege (7.09), Fortnite (7.09), Roblox (6.82), Destiny (5.09), and Escape From Tarkov (4.91).
In the interests of shining a more positive light too, some of the better-performing games included Warframe (0.64), Hearthstone (0.82), and The Elder Scrolls Online (1.55).
Finally, the analysis took a look at which gaming services are the most likely to crumble. Steam took the top spot 14.6 average monthly outages. Valve's platform was followed by Discord (10.91), Xbox Live (10.36), PlayStation Network (9.27), and EA (9.09).
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