Is this the Lim Yo Hwan effect? Major SC2 Websites in State of Emergency!
Lim Yo-Hwan (BoxeR)’s appearance in GSL caused major SC2 community websites and GomTV to temporarily go down.
As soon as Lim Yo-Hwan appeared in the 5th match of Sony Ericsson GSL, the number of clients of PlayXP website exploded and caused the servers to go down. PlayXP predicted such events may occur and kept close eyes to its servers. Yet, the effort proved to be futile against the exploding number of users.
PGR21 Community users were also unable to connect due to the traffic, and Fomos also encountered the same problem.
This user created chaos caused the GomTV servers to go down when Banshee was coming out in Set 1 of the game. The Streaming server went down and caused most users to disconnect from the live streams. As if that was not enough, GomTV site itself crashed and no one was able to watch the broadcast for a period of time.
Users criticized GomTV for not being able to prepare themselves for such happenings. However, the ability of Lim Yo-Hwan’s popularity to shutdown GomTV servers was beyond anyone’s expectations.
Due to the longevity of the downtime, viewers found out about the stability of streams for countries outside of Korea and caused its number of viewers to skyrocket by whopping 13,000.
As soon Lim Yo-Hwan’s victory was decided, Zoo Gallery, Dusan Bears (Korean Baseball Team) Gallery, other Korean Baseball team galleries, and other sites with gallery’s that had anything to do with bears (Korean word for bear is Gom) were bombarded with insults and profanities. Even Mabinogi Gallery (Korean MMO) and SC2 Gallery could not escape the same fate.
This happening was not an exception for foreign communities. TeamLiquid site also experienced sudden increase in users and had brief connection problems.
The Lim Yo-Hwan effect was simply astounding. Most community sites in the country were all put into state of emergency and it even affected sites outside of the country. Not only that, GSL and Lim Yo-Hwan were in the Naver’s list of top searches next to each other.
If this continues whenever Lim Yo-Hwan plays his match, it is expected that many server maintenance staffs will be in for some troubling times in the matches to come.