Recent Game Outages - Nov 22 to 23

Recent Game Outages - Nov 22 to 23

Update: December 1

Thanks for being patient whilst we finalised our plans for 'Making Good' following the recent downtime experienced on November 22nd. We know downtime can disrupt your valuable spare hours to play the game, and we'd like to make up for what was lost.

As a result, all Active Members who have logged in at least once within the 28 days before Monday, November 21st will be receiving a 2 Day Membership Passcode. We will begin rolling these codes out to player inboxes today, and we expect all players will have received their code by Tuesday December 6th. We'll confirm when all codes have been delivered, so please do not contact support before this time as you may just be later in the queue!

In order to redeem the code once you've received it, follow these steps below. We've also included a great video from our friends at Old School RuneScape that shows the process step-by-step!

  1. Step 1: Go to your Messages via your account setting
  2. Step 2: Follow the advice in the message titled ĹData Centre Outage Follow Upĺ to claim and redeem the voucher code (or gift it to another player)
  3. Step 3: Enter the code on the Code Redemption Screen
  4. Step 4: Confirm you want to claim the membership on the account you are logged into
  5. Step 5: You will be shown confirmation of a successful redemption

For RuneScape specifically, we're also aware this incident may have disrupted earning your weekly rewards from daily challenges, and we want to do what we can to provide an opportunity to get more of those missed out rewards.

  • Daily Challenge Reward Box: The reward box will contain 6 items (3 for F2P Players) generated from the Daily Challenges drop table from the week that players were impacted. This one off box will be gifted automatically the first time you login between December 5th 2022 and January 1st 2023.

So What Happens Next?

One of the things we've taken from this incident is the investments we've made into security and safety of player data have really made a difference. After the multiple failure point issue that caused the Login Lockout for RuneScape, we committed to doing even more to look after player data under any circumstances. In the time between then and now, we've been modernising our systems and implementing more robust recovery options in the event a disaster should occur.

As a result of that work, no player data has been lost, even with the game being down for a significant amount of time and a series of issues to resolve once we got back online. In total, 6 accounts were corrupted by the outage, all of which were identified and returned back to their normal state quickly.

However, we're not done. While this issue is with an external partner, we are working with them to ensure a failure of this level cannot happen again. We are also considering further backup options that may enable a quicker migration of services should a similar incident occur.

Finally, we'd just like to say a big thank you once more for the patience you've showcased since last week. The calm, supportive, and eager to play attitude on display really does make a difference to team spirit as we've worked flat out to get you back playing at all costs.


- The Jagex Team

Update: November 25

Following recent server outages which caused disruption when attempting log-in from certain regions, we've been working closely with our system administrators to ensure all players are now able to log back into the game as normal.

The team has made some minor adjustments to our authentication services to ensure that further reports of disruption when logging in have been rectified. Game stability over the last 48 hours looks promising, and we will continue to monitor stability over the weekend to ensure that things are fully back to normal and to fix them promptly if anything more happens.

Before the weekend, we would like to let you know that we are still in the process of reviewing our make good options for players. Next week, we'll set out and communicate our plan for this as we're still working out some of the technical and delivery details to make this happen.

We'd like to thank you for your patience as we work on bringing the servers back to normal. We look forward to sharing further details on our make good plan with you next week!

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We're posting this newspost as a way to collate outgoing communications regarding Tuesday's service outages, as well as provide a brief update on any ongoing issues players may be experiencing.

Regarding Recent Server Issues

On Tuesday (November 22nd), one of our external Data Centre providers experienced a site-wide issue involving a power failure which resulted in full downtime of any services housed there. Our engineers worked to get you back online as quickly as possible, and services were restored early morning yesterday at approximately 02:05 GMT.

Unfortunately, while most of our systems have recovered from the hosting centre's outage, the login systems have since struggled at times and players may therefore have found themselves unable to log in. We have identified what was causing these login systems issues and we believe that it should remain stable barring anything unforeseen happening.

We'd like to reassure that you as we continue to recover from the outages, our systems administrators are automatically alerted to any other outages when they happen, and can usually restore access to the game within minutes. However, in the meantime, you may prefer to avoid risky activities, in case you log out and find yourself unable to log back in quickly.

We're very sorry for any ongoing disruption that's followed Tuesday's hosting centre outage, and are working to restore stability. We understand that you're probably very curious about the reasoning for the outages, but we don't have anything more to share at this time. Discussions are ongoing regarding 'Making Good', as previously announced.

We weren't able to publish a Newspost during the original issue due to the outages, but you can follow what was communicated in this Support article and on Reddit.

-The Jagex Team

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