17 July 2020 22:38
DISCORD DOWN - UPDATE ONE: Down Detector is back online after the independent outage monitor was tricky to reach at the start of today's Discord outage. And stats from downdetector.com have revealed the scale of the Discord outage, with the site registering a peak of almost 60,000 Discord down reports. Out of those affected 91 per cent were experiencing server connection issues with Discord. While the Down Detector outage map said the Discord outage affected users in the UK, US and Europe. Downdetector.com also registered reports of Cloudflare, Valorant and League of Legends being down today.
Discord and Riot Games services appear to be part of a reported Cloudflare server outage that's taken down a number of websites and applications Friday afternoon. "Users are currently having trouble disconnecting to Discord due to an upstream internet issue," Discord tweeted from its official account. "We've got all engineers on deck investigating the issue." Users are currently having trouble disconnecting to Discord due to an upstream internet issue. We've got all engineers on deck investigating the issue pic.twitter.com/GvtxKanokl — Discord (@discord) July 17, 2020 In subsequent tweets, Discord representatives on Twitter said it appeared to be "a Cloudflare issue" that's also impacting other parts of the internet. Cloudflare is a DDoS protection provider.
I am still unable to connect to Valorant. At 2:36 pm PDT, Discord posted the following update: "Users are beginning to be able to connect, and the upstream internet issues appear to be recovering." Original story (2:30 pm PDT): A few minutes ago, reports began appearing on Twitter from people who were unable to connect to chat program Discord or Riot shooter Valorant. At the time of writing, I cannot connect to either. It isn't just Discord and Riot having problems: Ironically, downdetector.com, a site used to check if a web service is offline for everyone or just from your connection, is itself down. According to game streaming service Parsec, they're down due to an outage at web infrastructure company Cloudflare.
If you're having trouble accessing an internet site or service, it may not be your connection. Many services that rely on Cloudflare for DNS and caching services to help them stay online are currently inaccessible. Affected services include Discord, Authy, Feedly and DownDetector (which is still faithfully notifying people about the issue on Twitter). We haven't seen any official word from Cloudflare regarding the errors, and their status page only shows routing issues in a few areas. Engadget has contacted the company for more information, and we will update this post as we learn more.