PSN, Xbox, Twitch and other gaming services go down amid Amazon Web Services outage

Andrew Griffin
Wednesday 15 December 2021 16:26
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Significant parts of the gaming internet have been hit by problems after what appears to be a problem with Amazon’s Web Services.

Users of PSN, Xbox Live, Twitch and more all reported issues with getting the services to work as expected.

Amazon reported problems with internet connectivity in two regions. The company’s Web Services division powers much of the internet, meaning that problems can rapidly spread and affect seemingly unconnected websites and apps.

On its status page, Amazon Web Services said that the US-WEST 1 region in Northern California, and the US-WEST 2 region in Oregon were both having problems with internet connectivity.

In another update, it said it had found the cause of the problem and had “taken steps to restore connectivity”. “We have seen some improvement to Internet connectivity in the last few minutes but continue to work towards full recovery,” it wrote.

Shortly after, it said that the problems were resolved.

On its Twitter account, Xbox said it was aware with problems specifically with the game Apex Legends. But it suggested that the rest of its services were online, and its status page indicated that everything was thought to be operational.

In a tweet, Twitch said it was “aware of several issues affecting Twitch services”, but did not give any information on what they were. Its team was “aware and hard at work fixing them”, it said.

The problems come just days after another major outage at Amazon Web Services, which had similarly widespread effects on other parts of the internet.

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