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Hackers say they brought down Pokémon Go servers, but they're back up

The game went offline Saturday morning

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Update: The game is back online; sanity has been restored, mass hysteria avoided, cats and dogs are living together ... The original post has been edited.

Pokémon Go was offline for much of Saturday morning in the U.S. as a major outage has hit the game's servers around the same time the game has launched in more than two dozen countries. A hacking group claimed responsibility for the outage.

Pokémon Go's official Twitter feed acknowledged the outage in late morning.

Around the time the outage began, a hacking collective said it had brought down the wildly popular game, which launched in the U.S. on July 5.

Niantic Labs announced early Saturday that the game was available in 26 European nations. A few hours afterward, the servers went offline.

Pokémon Go requires a server log-in to play; problems with server capacity delayed the game's global rollout following its launch last week in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

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