Fantasy football players were furious when ESPN’s fantasy sports platform crashed on the first Sunday of the NFL season.
The blackout began around 1 p.m. ET on Sunday – just as nine NFL games kicked off across the country.
ESPN Fantasy Sports said in a tweet that it was “aware of the current technical difficulties” and “is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
Around 4 p.m. ET, in time for the second round of games of the day, the app and associated website became at least partially up and running for some users, but the company said it was still working to fully resolve the issues. .
ESPN spokesman Paul Melvin told CNNMoney on Monday that the issues were resolved around 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, and the platform continued to operate through the night.
He said the issues stemmed from an issue preventing the app from accessing the ESPN database, but no data was lost.
Fantasy sport is big business for Disney (– owned by ESPN, which also incorporates it into the coverage of actual games. )
ESPN claims what it says is the most used fantasy football site in the country. The company said in October of last year that the app has around 7.1 million unique users. Last month, he announced that in a span of less than two days, as his first fantasy football televised marathon staged, 1.7 million teams had been drafted.
Fans reacted in a series of angry social media posts as the issues persisted during the first list of matches.
This is not the first time that fantasy football players have faced a major problem during game time. The ESPN app has crashed during opening week in the past. And Yahoo, which operates the second most popular fantasy site, experienced a similar problem in 2013 when the app crashed on the first day of the season.
CNNMoney (New York) First published on September 11, 2016: 3:46 p.m. ET