“The current server outage is the result of a concerted effort to bring Albion Online down with a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS),” Sandbox Interactive told players on Saturday. “This is most likely in response to our recent actions against gold sellers to coerce us to not interfere with their illegal business. We’re working with our datacenter to find ways to mitigate this attack.”
Yesterday, however, Sandbox devs told players that they had actually been served with a ransom demand from the attackers, which the studio characterized as a “blackmail” attempt for money.
The servers are currently back up; hopefully, they stay up. Judging by the replies to the tweets, I’d say the playerbase is getting antsy.
The server is now back online! Thank you for bearing with us.
— Albion Online (@albiononline) August 7, 2017