Posted on January 19, 2023 at 5:04 PM
Goose Goose Duck stands as a popular free social detective game. The game, where one must find the duck among the geese, has recently managed to surpass the popularity of Among Us, breaking the game’s record of Simultaneous users. Now, however, an interesting bit of information has come up: The game’s servers are trapped in a constant state of DDoS attacks.
Gaggle Studios Gaining Massive Traction
The developers in question, Gaggle Studios, have made it clear they’re already in the middle of talks with a third-party cybersecurity firm. This, of course, is to add some extra muscle to their efforts to give a reprieve from the constant DDoS attacks.
An interesting fact about Goose Goose Duck is how similarly it found its success to the previous social deduction great: Among Us. Gaggle studios had released the game back in October of 2021, living in relative obscurity for a long time afterward. However, by the end of 2022, something had changed. Goose Goose Duck had reached levels of popularity never seen before in its history, managing to repeat Among Us’ success and even managing to surpass it.
The fact of the matter is that Goose Goose Duck operates almost precisely like Among Us, while also being free. Granted, that has never given other games success, but for Gaggle Studios, that seemed to have been the trick.
A New Threat For Goose Goose Duck
The SteamDB showed the numbers to be quite astounding. Among Us saw its peak back in 2020, with its highest simultaneous player count scoring at 447,476 players in total. Goose Goose Duck came near to doubling that, managing a simultaneous player count of 702,845 in January of 2023. It’s quite fitting that Among Us would be outdone by a game dedicated to the same genre of play as they do.
However, some group or actor seems to have taken offense at this development. Gaggle Studios wrote that the game’s servers had been the subject of constant DDoS attacks for the past two months. As one would imagine, it’s become a problem for Gaggle Studios and the many players eager to play the social deduction game. It was becoming more and more commonplace for gaming services to either fail or shut down outright.
Two Months of Assault
Gaggle Studios stated that they had publicly announced the DDoS attacks for the first time on the 14th of December, 2022. The statement highlighted that Gaggle Studio tried to keep it quiet in the hopes that they would preserve the player experience through doing so, believing the attacks would eventually stop if they ignored it, as it takes a significant amount of resources to organize these attacks. That had failed to be the case, as the two-month-long attacks didn’t seem to want to stop.
The attacks didn’t stop. The studio explained that they have a few theories about who could constantly be trying to decimate their servers. They also pointed out the irresponsibility of pointing the finger without certainty. They did, however, explain that the chance that these malicious actors are several groups working in tandem is rather high. Whatever the case may be, the constant DDoS attacks on a singular game’s server suggest a significant level of organization in whatever group has decided the game’s servers must fall.
Many Questions Regarding The Matter
It’s somewhat unexpected that a free social deduction game would stand as the victim of more than two months of constant DDoS attacks. However, Gaggle Studios made it clear that they are refraining from disclosing any detail pertaining to the anti-DDoS strategy. As such, it’s impossible to tell who the security company is that is aiding them, let alone who is attacking them.
Another possibility is that Gaggle Studios is intentionally keeping information from the public. Either way, however, hundreds of thousands of players are quite upset that their new favorite detective game is now offline and are waiting with bated breath for when the studio manages to relaunch their servers.
Another Day, Another DDoS
With any luck, time will allow Gaggle Studios to further elaborate on the constant attacks being suffered by their servers, and that the entire matter can be resolved as quickly as possible for the gamers in question.
DDoS attacks are quite common across the various sectors of the world. As long as there is IT infrastructure, there will be someone with the motivation and the means to disable or destroy it. Some for blackmail, others being hired to disable the site in question.