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Instead, Pokémon Go was reportedly targeted by hackers, who allegedly overwhelmed servers via DDoS attack. Judging by the frequent issues the app has had in terms of accommodating additional users, such an attack is rather unsurprising.
PoodleCorp tweeted their victory on Saturday morning, with a member following up to state that the attack was merely a test.
The developers behind Pokémon Go have yet to confirm or deny the attack. A tweet sent out shortly after the alleged attack indicates that Niantic is hard at work on servers and will post a forthcoming update when possible.
The Pokémon Go hack couldn’t have come at a worse time for users in Europe. The game was rolled out to 26 countries in the continent on Saturday. It’s unclear how deeply those players have been affected, though widespread server issues certainly don’t bode well.
Similarly, the New Zealander who quit his job to hunt Pokémon full-time is probably pretty pissed off now that the first day of the rest of his life has been ruined by a bunch of hackers.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.