The flood of new COD players today broke Activision's new Elite service.
The big push this year from Activision regarding its COD series at E3 was the Elite service - a social-networking platform for sharing videos, screenshots and communicating with comrades. The release of Modern Warfare 3 today coincides with the first time Elite makes it out into the wild, so you'd think there would have been safeguards in place for the many millions of people that would sign up for it. Unfortunately, Beachhead Studio - the company handling Elite - is reeling from an unanticipated number of people registering, and the servers are struggling to compensate.
"Registration requests for our new live service Call of Duty Elite are exceeding even our most optimistic expectations, which is creating a bottleneck and some players have not been able to register," reads an update page on the Elite homepage from Chacko Sonny, the head of Beachhead Studio.
"We have already registered hundreds of thousands of players and we are working around the clock to increase our capacity as quickly as possible," he continued.
Sonny also made sure to say that all kill stats are still being recorded. "Please be assured your gameplay data is safe and that whenever you successfully register for Call of Duty Elite, all of your data will be waiting for you. So enjoy the game, start ranking up and we assure you we are working around the clock to accommodate every player who wants to be a part of Call of Duty Elite as quickly as possible," he said.
The part that gets me is that Activision has been touting the wonders of Elite for the last six months, how could Beachhead and Chacko Sonny not anticipate traffic from millions of players today?
Also, what kind of a name is Chacko Sonny?
Source: Call of Duty Elite Status Page