The popular Roblox gaming app and platform has been out of service since Friday night, and although an external attack was initially speculated, the company confirmed that the outage was due to an internal problem and is doing the necessary maintenance to get Roblox up and running again. The company posted on Twitter on Friday evening to acknowledge the outage, and early Saturday confirmed that the outage was not related to any specific experiences or partnerships on the platform.
The reason Roblox had to tweet this clarification was because some players were starting to speculate that the failure had something to do with a partnership Roblox had formed with popular American fast food chain Chipotle. The chain is giving away free burritos worth $ 1 million on Roblox as part of the in-game Halloween event that went live shortly before the Roblox outage.
On Sunday, Roblox was still down, and the company announced that it had identified the underlying cause and was working to fix it as soon as possible. “We are in the process of doing the engineering and maintenance necessary to get Roblox up and running as quickly as possible,” tweeted Roblox.
We believe we have identified an underlying internal cause for the failure. We are in the process of performing the necessary engineering and maintenance work to get Roblox back up and running as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
– Roblox (@Roblox) October 30, 2021
According to the Roblox status page, the service is still facing a major player drop glitch, even though the latest update says the problem has been identified.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is a huge global platform (according to Statista, Roblox had 43.2 million users in the second quarter of 2021), but many of those users are children and teenagers. While it’s a huge platform that probably anyone under the age of 18 is familiar with, it sometimes flies under the radar when compared to higher profile games like Fortnite or PUBG Mobile. Roblox was ranked number five in consumer spend on the App Store worldwide, according to a recent report from Sensor Tower.
Roblox is more of a platform than a game that allows users to create their own games and explore those of others. That means that what Roblox is is constantly changing. Users are constantly creating new experiences and these can also be monetized through an in-game currency called Robux.
Developers can create entire games and monetize them through Robux that can be withdrawn for real money (as long as they have over 100,000 roux in their account). As a result, there is a thriving ecosystem around Roblox, from developers creating highly detailed experiences to kids banging up a party room for their friends.