Due to high user traffic volume that pounded some of the top video game networks on Christmas Day, many of the most popular gaming services suffered downtime during the holiday. According to a report by Game Informer on Dec 25, during different times of the day on Wednesday, three separate services experienced trouble as users tried to access the networks over the holiday break.
Downtime was confirmed to have affected the Playstation Network, Nintendo’s eShop, and Steam. An influx of players who likely received new consoles for Christmas, causing a spike in concurrent users, was likely the cause for the troubles seen on Sony and Nintendo’s networks. The Steam storefront, however, seems to have experience problems after Valve offered Left 4 Dead 2 for free to Steam users on Christmas day. The rush to the service as players attempted to claim their free title was probably responsible for the service’s troubles.