Yes, there is something else actually: a new official posting on the issues. They basically identified 2 issues, and it looks like there might be more. See the part where it says they applied a patch? Feel free to tell your other buddy that there was a software issue after all, just like I have been saying there was. You are welcome. "Due to the dynamic and sometimes temporary nature of these interferences, narrowing down the list became quite complex. We have isolated several potential factors, such as the level 3 outage experienced by major North American ISP’s this week. Additionally, we applied a patch to address a recent issue with Xigncode that resulted in some players being incorrectly kicked from the game. It is important to note that our investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to do our best to resolve any issues. Should you still be experiencing difficulty staying connected to the game, we ask that you please fill out »This Form«, which will assist our team in further narrowing down the number of potential causes."