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By Matt Kim 1
If you had trouble connecting to the PlayStation Network last week, you weren't alone. According to reports, the PSN outage affected more than just your weekend Monster Hunter: World games. The FIFA eWorld Cup, which took place over the weekend, had to completely switch platforms from PlayStation 4 to Xbox One as a result of the outage.
Futhead, a site that reports on all things FIFA Ultimate Team, tweeted during the eWorld Cup that the PSN outage forced the tournament organizers to switch over to the Xbox as the main platform for the remainder of the event.
Due to PSN being down, the rest of the games will be played on Xbox. Unfortunate but broadcast arrangements and the lease on the facilities plus travel logistics for the players tomorrow likely forced everyone's hands. #FIFAeWorldCup— Futhead (@Futhead) January 28, 2018
Futhead cited logistics for the broadcast arrangements and venue lease as the reason why the tournament couldn't just wait for PSN to come back online.
This is another blow to Sony as a result of its service interruptions. The platform has been suffering unplanned PSN outages all last week, and now performance issues have disrupted a major tournament.
While the previous week has been a highly unusual one for Sony, it begs to ask whether this will affect any console agreements for broadcast esports in future events if PSN continues to suffer from unplanned disruptions.
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