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15. Re: Christmas Metaverse Dec 25, 2012, 19:46 Panickd
Cutter wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 16:24:
LittleMe wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 15:41:
Creston wrote on Dec 25, 2012, 14:02:
As usual, Valve ignores the massive load during Xmas sales and lets everyone try to connect to their hideously overloaded servers...

Building and maintaining infrastructure for peak load times that happen ~1% of the time can be very, very expensive. Do you still want good sales and low prices? Learn to be patient and accept a few outages or slower downloads a few times a year during peak demand.

If you want mission-critical uptime, then expect to pay a lot more.

And if you're not making sales you're not only not making money, you're losing it. So it's in their own interest to make sure they can handle the peak loads. It's not like this is anything new or unexpected for them, and they can certainly afford leasing some extra bandwith for 2 weeks a few times a year.

Seems to me they're making sales just fine. People piss, moan and complain and then go right back to snapping up the deals as soon as everything is back up. It went down for a bit, only a small fraction of users actually noticed and they got it back up and running again. That seems better than the nearly 12 straight hours of "we're working on it" that Netflix was busy spamming Twitter with yesterday.
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