Roblox back online after weekend outage

Roblox back online after weekend outage
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Roblox, the gaming website wildly popular with children, is back online after experiencing a weekend outage. 

Roblox users started having trouble connecting to the platform on Thursday, and technicians have since been working around the clock to identify the issue and fix it, Roblox CEO David Baszucki said in a statement Sunday

"As most of the Roblox community is aware, we recently experienced an extended outage across our platform. We are sorry for the length of time it took us to restore service,” Baszucki said. “A key value at Roblox is 'Respect the Community,' and in this case, we apologize for the inconvenience to our community."

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Baszucki added that the problem was not related to a spike in user volume, apparently meant to end rumors that the outage was caused by a free burrito giveaway at a digital Chipotle on the platform, The Associated Press reported.

“To the best of our knowledge, there has been no loss of player persistence data, and your Roblox experience should now be fully back to normal. You can always contact our support team if you experience any hiccups using Roblox now or in the future,” Baszucki said in the statement. 

“We are grateful for the patience and support of our players, developers, and partners during this time,” he added. 

Roblox, a gaming platform where users can create their own games and play with others, has more than 43 million active users daily with 40 million games and 9.5 million developers, according to data from consulting firm Backlinko.

The New York Times reported on the collective anxiety and strange behavior among many American children after the platform went down. 

“There is some panic, but that’s normal with children,” Megan Letter, a Roblox game developer, told the Times. “Your whole life is Roblox; that’s all you know. You live, eat, breathe Roblox, so all of the sudden when it’s taken out of your routine, it’s a little bit stressful.”