Zynga's games suffer outages, now what do we do?


Throughout the evening, Zynga's many Facebook games suffered intermittent outages. Games like FrontierVille, FarmVille and Empires & Allies were entirely unplayable for some time (presumably due to the Amazon Cloud Server downtime caused by a lightning strike), but the crew at the big Z have already gone right to work restoring service to games. In fact, FrontierVille and Empires & Allies are already back online, while farmers still may not be able to get into FarmVille as of this writing.

Don't worry either way, though, farmers. While it may be upsetting that we've had to take a break from our games, it doesn't look like we'll have to worry about losing any progress. If anything, think of this as though someone unplugged the power to all of your outlets in your house, rather than you simply unplugging one appliance. As other sites like Reddit and Foursquare were also affected during this outage, we can't blame Zynga's tinkering for any missing items like likely won't occur.

Either way, if you still can't get into FarmVille (or another Zynga game on Facebook), just be patient, as Zynga is working as quickly as they can to restore service to all players. Once that's done, you'll be back to harvesting your crops in no time!

Are you still having trouble getting into FarmVille or any other Zynga Facebook games? Should users be given some form of compensation for the game's downtime, even if it wasn't Zynga's fault? Sound off in the comments.