Roblox down latest – Thousands say gaming platform not working as desperate engineers try to fix it

THE Roblox gaming platform has seen a global outage – leaving hundreds of thousands of players unable to connect to their online accounts.

Roblox is said to have gone down at around 4am IST on October 29, 2021, according to complaints on Twitter.

A message from the Roblox Status account said: "Looks like #Roblox is currently experiencing issues! We'll update you if we receive any further information. Services impacted: Games & Account Information."

The massive outage has seen the platform's global count shrink by 1million players – with engineers so far unable to identify the issue.

Data published by outage tracker Downdetector shows that problems first occured around midnight UK time, with a further spike of reported problems at aroud 8am this morning.

Read our Roblox live blog below for the latest updates…

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    Roblox fans all have same complaint

    Social media users are pointing to a free burrito coupon being released in Roblox – with some saying it's the reason for the gaming platform going down.

    The Burrito was released in a virutal restaurant within the game's platform.

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    What is wrong with Roblox?

    A message from the Roblox Status account said: “Looks like #Roblox is currently experiencing issues!

    “We’ll update you if we receive any further information. Services impacted: Games & Account Information.”

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    Roblox is an 'experience' where content is created by users

    Roblox is more of an "experience'" and while you can play games within it, the content is created by the users themselves.

    Described as "the Imagination Platform" by the creators, Roblox essentially offers a service that lets users develop their own games, play other people' games, and explore user-created content.

    It's basically somewhere you can hang out with friends, explore virtual spaces, and play a huge array of games and content.

    And if the fancy takes you, you can try your hand at making your own content, or collaborating with others to bring your vision to life.

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    What is in-game currency Robux? 

    Robux is an in-game currency for global platform Roblox.

    It can be used to deck out your character in clothes, and get you access to premium games – among other things.

    Roblox is somewhat similar to Fortnite in that it presents a virtual, online space for users to socialise in.

    Fortnite includes dedicated gaming elements with its Battle Royale, and Save the World modes, in addition to the social Creative mode.

    There's no "Roblox game" that exists in the same way that Epic developed Fortnite as a video game before it took on a more social aspect.

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    Other times Roblox has shut down

    Here are the dates when Roblox shut down or experienced issues in 2021.

    • July 20, 2021
    • July 13, 2021
    • July 1, 2021
    • June 12, 2021
    • June 9, 2021
    • May 25, 2021
    • May 13, 2021
    • April 29, 2021
    • January 18, 2021

    Roblox voice chat is coming

    VOICE chat is coming to Roblox as the developers prepare to roll it out across the metaverse.

    Roblox chief product officer, Manuel Bronstein, made the announcement on a blog post, saying the feature is a part of a vision for the future of the platform.

    Voice chat has the potential to be a contentious issue, given the nature of how the service works.

    Roblox offers a platform for creators to make their own games or virtual experiences.

    When will Roblox be back up?

    As mentioned earlier, the outage has been determined as an internal system issue and the technical team are currently fixing the problem.

    However, there is no mention of when the game will resume to normal at the time of writing.

    DownDetector chart of Roblox problems

    The problems causing the Roblox outage seem far from fixed this morning.

    The below graph from DownDetector shows problems first spiked at around 12am this morning.

    But then a few hours later at 8.29am, there was another huge spike in problems reported by users.

    It's worth noting that this chart only records status reports and complaints on social media.

    Is Roblox down?

    Roblox is said to have gone down at around 4am IST on October 29, 2021, if Twitter posts are correct.

    A message from the Roblox Status account said: "Looks like #Roblox is currently experiencing issues! We'll update you if we receive any further information. Services impacted: Games & Account Information."

    According to Republic World, engineers have not yet been able to identify the cause of the problem.

    Currently, there has been no word from the official Roblox Twitter account.

    The investigation team is said to be aware of the situation which is affecting millions of players around the world.

    Player count on the platform is said to have decreased from over three million before the outage began to less than a million due to the interruption to service.

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      Chat filters keep kids safe on Roblox platform

      Chat filters – which use a combo of software and human moderators – ensure any inappropriate content is blocked out.

      As an extra precaution, users age 12 and younger will have any posts they make and chats they engage in filtered for inappropriate content and personally identifiable information.

      There's also a system in place for blocking and reporting abuse. This can be used anywhere on the platform – including apps and games.

      There are instructions on how to block and report abuse on the Roblox website.

      Of course, you can take a more hands-on approach with the customisable parental controls.

      These give you the option to limit of disable online chat, as well as restricting access to age appropriate games.

      Is Roblox safe for kids?

      As with anything online, parents need to get up to speed with how to keep their kids safe, and the first thing to recognise is that Roblox is not an age-rated game; it's an online social space.

      You wouldn't let your kids wander around in the real world unattended (I hope!) or without explaining how to be safe and aware of their surroundings – and the same applies here.

      The onus is on you as a parent to keep your child safe online, whether it's on social media, online games, or online social spaces.

      That being said, Roblox isn't the wild west. The devs have taken steps to ensure kids are as safe as possible, as detailed on the Roblox website.

      There's also a dedicated section for parents that breaks Roblox down into the basics.

      Some of the tools Roblox uses to ensure user safety include avatar clothing detection, to ensure everyone is wearing "appropriate attire".

      Roblox described as 'an Imagination Platform'

      Described as "the Imagination Platform" by the creators, Roblox essentially offers a service that lets users develop their own games, play other people' games, and explore user-created content.

      It's basically somewhere you can hang out with friends, explore virtual spaces, and play a huge array of games and content.

      And if the fancy takes you, you can try your hand at making your own content, or collaborating with others to bring your vision to life.

      What is Roblox?

      Roblox is somewhat similar to Fortnite in that it presents a virtual, online space for users to socialise in.

      Fortnite includes dedicated gaming elements with its battle royale, and Save the World modes, in addition to the social Creative mode.

      There's no 'Roblox game' that exists in the same way that Epic developed Fortnite as a video game before it took on a more social aspect.

      Roblox is more of an 'experience', and while you can play games within it, the content is created by the users themselves.

      Free burrito coupons causing problems?

      A number of users have claimed that the website went down due to a free burrito coupon being given in collaboration with Chipotle Mexican Grill.

      However an official cause has bit yet been given and engineers have not been able to find the root cause of the problem.

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        Roblox Status Twitter account says outage 'may last 6+ hours'

        At 3am BST, the Roblox Status Twitter account said: "@Roblox engineers and staff are currently investigating and the cause has not been identified yet.

        "#Roblox player count has reached the lowest point of 300,000.

        "Be aware that there is a possibility that the outage may last up to 6+ hours."

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        DownDetector records more than 28,000 outage reports

        At 04:52 AM this morning, there were 28,104 Roblox outage reports on Down Detector.

        Out of which, 55% were regarding issues with the website.

        Another 32% were regarding issues with login while 12% were regarding server connection issues.

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        What issues are players reporting?

        • Authentication issues (logging in & randomly being logged out) with the website 
        • Roblox Studio
        • Site content is not loading including images and audio
        • In-game content is not loading as intended 
        • Game connection & errors 
        • Thumbnail API is unavailable at the moment 

        Roblox's player count has decereased by around 1million

        The investigation team is said to be aware of the situation which is affecting millions of players around the world.

        Player count on the platform is said to have decreased from over three million before the outage began to less than a million due to the outage.

        Has roblox shut down before?

        Here are the dates when Roblox shut down or experienced issues in 2021.

        • July 20, 2021
        • July 13, 2021
        • July 1, 2021
        • June 12, 2021
        • June 9, 2021
        • May 25, 2021
        • May 13, 2021
        • April 29, 2021
        • January 18, 2021

        No official reason yet given for global outage

        While no official reason has been given for the outage, users say the company has not upgraded their servers.

        A number of users have claimed that the website went down due to a free burrito coupon being given in collaboration with Chipotle Mexican Grill.

        • Joseph Gamp

          When did Roblox first go down?

          Roblox is said to have gone down at around 4am IST on October 29, 2021, if Twitter posts are correct.

          A message from the Roblox Status account said: "Looks like #Roblox is currently experiencing issues! We'll update you if we receive any further information. Services impacted: Games & Account Information."

        • Joseph Gamp

          Engineers unable to find cause of problem

          According to Republic World, engineers have not yet been able to identify the cause of the problem.

          Currently, there has been no word from the official Roblox Twitter account.

        • Joseph Gamp

          What is wrong with Roblox?

          A message from the Roblox Status account said: "Looks like #Roblox is currently experiencing issues!

          "We'll update you if we receive any further information. Services impacted: Games & Account Information."

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