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Is Reddit down? Users report major crash on February 19

Published: 19/Feb/2020 13:18 Updated: 19/Feb/2020 13:44

by Calum Patterson

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The self-proclaimed front page of the internet has experienced a major crash on February 19, with users worldwide reporting that they are unable to access the site.

Reddit’s own status report confirmed at 4am PST on February 19, that they’re “experiencing a high volume of errors when accessing reddit.com” and that they were investigating.

It’s the first major outage on the site for some time, with the most recent on January 21 only being recorded as a “partial outage.” This crash, on February 19, is affecting desktop browsers, mobile browsers and the mobile app.

Down Detector, which tracks various websites and game servers, was inundated with reports between 4 and 5am PST on February 19, many of which were concentrated in Europe and East Coast USA (with Redditors on the west coast probably not awake yet).

Map of the world showing where Reddit is down

Other than their status report page, Reddit is yet to address the outage further, but at 4:59am PST, provided an update on the status page, only to say they were still investigating.

The popular website hosts countless of communities, known as ‘subreddits’, where people congregate to discuss particular topics and niches, share news and humor, and debate endlessly in the comments section.

Reddit status updates

Update, 5:11AM PST: Reddit has identified the issue and is implementing a fix.

Update, 5:24AM PST: Reddit has implemented the fix and is monitoring the results. Hopefully services are resumed shortly.

Update, 5:43AM PST: All systems are operational.

According to the latest update on the Reddit status page, the fix implemented at 5:24AM resolved the major outage, and services should now be coming back online around the world.

Esports

Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards

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Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.