Microsoft court order causes Chess 2 servers to go offline

DNS management service says it is "close to a resolution"

A Microsoft court order has resulted in servers for Ouya title Chess 2 to go offline.


"Microsoft issued a federal court order and seized the domain used for Chess 2: The Sequel," developer Zac Burns said on Twitter.

"I'm pretty outraged at Microsoft and the federal government for taking down Chess 2. How is this their right?"

Burns linked to an official explanation for the service outage provided by the DNS management service No-IP, which the Chess 2 domains utilised.

"Microsoft served a federal court order and seized 22 of our most commonly used domains because they claimed that some of the subdomains have been abused by creators of malware.

"We have a long history of proactively working with other companies when cases of alleged malicious activity have been reported to us. Unfortunately, Microsoft never contacted us or asked us to block any subdomains, even though we have an open line of communication with Microsoft corporate executives."

According to No-IP, Microsoft claims it is attempting to "filter out the known bad hostnames in each seized domain, while continuing to allow the good hostnames to resolve", but adds that "this is not happening".

"Apparently, the Microsoft infrastructure is not able to handle the billions of queries from our customers. Millions of innocent users are experiencing outages to their services because of Microsoft's attempt to remediate hostnames associated with a few bad actors.

"Had Microsoft contacted us, we could and would have taken immediate action. Microsoft now claims that it just wants to get us to clean up our act, but its draconian actions have affected millions of innocent Internet users."

Dan Durrer, the chief executive of No-IP, has added that the company is doing what it can to get services back online: "We have been throwing everything we have at getting you back online with the least possible delay".

"For legal reasons, we have been restricted from reaching out to you, but we simply cannot stay quiet any longer. We are very close to a resolution and we will update you with more information as soon as we can."

Chess 2 is designed by David Sirlin, a well known competitive Street Fighter player that went on to contribute to balancing Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, as well as designing popular card-based fighting Yomi. The game is currently available on Ouya.