Huge streamer Rust server ruined by DDoS attack against Valkyrae, Myth, more

Published: 27/Dec/2020 13:09 Updated: 4/Jan/2021 14:29

by Calum Patterson


After a bunch of top streamers joined forces for a mega game of Rust on a single server, their ambitious plans were spoiled by supposed DDoS attacks, rendering the server unplayable.

Organized by a host of some of the biggest streamers in the world, including shroud, Valkyrae, TSM Myth, Sykkuno, and many more, the Rust server extravaganza was set to be a way to end the 2020 year of streaming with a bang.

But those plans have been delayed after the first attempt was ruined, with some suggesting DDoS attacks are to blame.

Millions of fans were tuning in across YouTube and Twitch to see their favorite streamers go head-to-head in the survival game, but it all started to go wrong for the server.

Rust gameplay
Facepunch Studios
Rust is a multiplayer survival game on PC, where players must survive the wilderness with limited resources.

Rust server DDoS’d?

Hosted by streamer BaboAbe, the server didn’t hold up. While some have suggested this was due to an influx of viewers trying to enter the game, others, including some of the streamers, have blamed DDoS attacks.

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) is a type of malicious network attack, that essentially floods a server with so much data that it crashes.

It’s been a method of shutting games down online for years, and it’s very likely to be the cause of the issues in this case too. TSM Myth expressed his anger about the situation on Twitter.

Valkyrae, one of the masterminds behind the plan, said that the server should be up and running again the next day, ready for attempt number two on December 27.

BoboAbe said people should treat the first day as a trial run, and that improvements have been made so that things should run more smoothly the second time around.

“Sorry for the issues today!” he said. “Everything will be fixed, better and there will most likely be no issues tomorrow!”

Unfortunately, if people really were maliciously targeting the server, it will almost impossible to make them stop – but presumably, some stronger protection has been put in place to prevent it from impacting the stream too much.

The Rust server day two is set to kick off at 6pm PST, on December 27. Full details of streamers involved can be found here.


Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

Jake Paul Conor McGregor
Jake Paul / Conor McGregor
Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”


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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”