Moments after coverage of the Las Vegas match between UFC fighter Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather was scheduled to begin at 9:00pm. Eastern on Saturday night, UFC Fight Pass pulled a real HBO Go, crashing under load and preventing many users from watching the big showdown.
Twitter began blowing up with reports that the streaming service was apparently overloaded and unable to keep up with the sheer number of viewers, resulting in large numbers of customers being unable to watch a match they shelled out a lot of clams for.
In a tweet sent out shortly before 9:30pm Eastern, UFC Fight Pass acknowledged, “Due to overwhelming traffic you may be experiencing log in issues. This will be resolved shortly.”
Anecdotal evidence seen by Gizmodo indicated the massive influx in fight traffic was beginning to affect less-than-legal streams as well, briefly rendering Buffstream unusable and straining Discord and Reddit where pirate stream links are often shared.
The main event is not expected to start for several hours, so hopefully UFC is able to work out the excess load problems by then.