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Xbox Live struggled to cope with demand last night

With the coronavirus situation worsening and increasing numbers of people opting to stay at home, online gaming is likely to experience a huge surge in popularity – and judging by Xbox Live’s problems yesterday, it’s already happening.

Around 8pm UK time last night users started to report problems accessing Xbox Live services, meaning they could no longer access the online features in their games, or in some cases were unable to sign in. According to reports aggregated by Downdetector, this peaked at about 9pm UK and affected players across the globe.

At this point, the Xbox Support account tweeted to confirm it was investigating the issues, but it wasn’t until 23:20 UK time that the account tweeted again to confirm the problems had been resolved.

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