Twitch’s servers are currently down and people are losing it! Twitch is just one website to face these issues, though, and it isn’t alone. Here’s everything we know.
Multiple sources are suggesting that Fastly, a popular CDN (Content Distribution Network) used by a number of the world’s largest sites, is at the root of the internet’s server issues today.
“A content distribution network is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centres. The goal is to provide high availability and performance by distributing the service spatially relative to end-users.”
Essentially, Fastly uses local servers to give users worldwide faster access to websites that might be based on the other side of the planet. A lot of sites with a global audience, including Twitch, use this service.
Yes, you read that right. Twitch, one of the world’s largest streaming platforms, is down. It’s a vital source of income for many content creators and an important escape and source of entertainment for a lot of others.
Reddit, Amazon, the UK’s Governmental website, and the New York Times are just some of the other websites affected. The Independent, who first tweeted about the issues (as seen below) is also down.
It appears that there are issues with vital infrastructure that underpins many of the world’s largest websites. We are also seeing a few issues with our own website.
The Independent believe that the issues are stemming from issues with Fastly, a cloud-based computing company that provide key services to a number of websites in a number of ways.