WoW “No Domains Currently Available” Error Leads to Compensation Calls
Following WoW’s “no realms currently available” error following a maintenance gone wrong, avid fans of Blizzard’s iconic MMORPG have demanded some sort of compensation from the developers to make up for hours of lost time.
After an hour of WoW Dragonflight maintenance on November 9 starting at 7am PST / 10am EST / 3pm GMT / 4pm CEST, Blizzard noticed that players were having issues re-immersing themselves in the wonderful world of Azeroth.
A tweet from the Blizzard customer service account for the Americas said “we are currently investigating an issue affecting our authentication servers, which may be causing unsuccessful or slow login attempts.” This was followed by the servers returning for a brief period and then once again. Finally, the issue was reported as resolved on November 10 at 00:20 GMT, but some players are still having trouble reconnecting.
Despite a repair finally arrived, this is just another episode of server issues that have cropped up as a result of maintenance. As players shell out money to maintain subscriptions (or renew them before Dragonflight), the constant downtime has led to demands for some form of meaningful compensation.
“Can we get a month of free game time for all the outages we’ve had over the past few months?” asks a fan on Blizzard’s WoW forums. “Every two weeks there is an eight hour update day followed by a week of servers down, API not loading, game itself unplayable, millions of players affected by “updates” that aren’t ready for live play being pushed for us to do a bug test while you say “we’re in beta!”. It’s embarrassing to live with given the amount of money reported by quarterly earnings.
A reply to the thread reads: “Meanwhile, our sub is clocked to the literal minute. I’ve always felt that if they gave us time even once a year when downtime was longer than expected, that would be fine and it would just be a small gesture of goodwill faith ? It’s not like I was expecting a week, just maybe even two days or so? »
A final response reads, “I still get reimbursed for lost services. If you pay for a service and cannot access that service, you are entitled to a refund. If they don’t agree, contact your credit card for a refund.
The debate continues to swirl around the notion of compensation for breakdowns like this. Rival MMORPG Tower of Fantasy was quick to compensate players for any server takedowns (although some argue the rewards aren’t enough), and Disney game Dreamlight Valley also offered free loot in response to glitches and bugs. In progress. Whether or not Blizzard chooses to follow in Hotta and Gameloft’s footsteps remains to be seen, but the constant downtime is clearly irritating fans.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to dive back into Azeroth after maintenance, be sure to check out our list of the best WoW addons to prepare for Dragonflight. If you’re more inclined towards WoW Classic, we’ve got a WoW WotLK Death Knight guide to make sure you’re ready for Northrend – when the servers come back, because apparently they’re down too.