Katz made the somewhat bold proclamation that “in private-sector companies, people lose their jobs and life savings when they crash [servers] at the word ‘go.'” Katz makes his point by using the skydive from space (sponsored by Red Bull) in which millions watched online as an example of the private sector pulling things off without a hitch.
Apparently Katz doesn’t play video games, or he would know that Rockstar Games is working on ‘GTA Online’ server issues. In what can only be described as the most successful video game of all time, with sales of over one billion dollars last month, Rockstar is today launching Grand Theft Auto Online, and encountering bugs, overloaded servers, and more. Writer Dave Their, who at the time of his writing had not been able to creat a character yet, runs some of these problems down:
- Occasional “Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable” error message
- Freezing sometimes while loading into first race in GTAO with “waiting for other players” on the screen
- Intermittent “Failed to Host a GTA Online Session” error messages
- Race Corona (start area, marker) occasionally not showing up for first race
- Errors saying “Timed out when matchmaking for a compatible GTA Online Session to join”
- Occasional “Failed to start job” errors
- General issues with the Social Club site and Social Club features (slow loading, failed logins, emails not arriving, etc)
In government or private sector, things can’t always go as planned. In any kind of major systems launch, there are going to be problems. Justin Katz, in not realizing this essential fact, is displaying a lack of business savvy.