Watch ESPN Crash
World Cup fans who hoped to watch USA vs. Germany on the WatchESPN app have had to deal with service issues. Reuters

Update (1:22 p.m. ET): International Business Times has obtained a statement from ESPN regarding WatchESPN's service issues. "First half peaked at more than 1.4m concurrent viewers on WatchESPN, a record. We are investigating some limited issues due to unprecedented demand," the statement read.


The United States men’s national team’s highly anticipated World Cup match with Germany is well underway, but the ESPN’s mobile apps are struggling to handle the influx of fans who are hoping to watch a live stream.

WatchESPN, the network’s online streaming service, appears to be experiencing intermittent lapses in service, with many fans unable to connect to the feed. Instead, prospective viewers are turning to live blogs and Univision’s live stream to keep track of the action.

The World Cup’s popularity has reached unprecedented heights in 2014. Broadcasts of Sunday’s USA-Ghana match drew 15.9 million viewers to ESPN and Univision, the two networks with rights to the feed, the Wall Street Journal reports. In addition, WatchESPN experienced a record audience of 1.4 million viewers, a number that likely increased for Thursday’s USA-Germany match.

The massive volume is likely responsible for WatchESPN’s current technical issues, but disgruntled users haven't been sympathetic to the network’s plight. International Business Times reached out to ESPN for a comment on the app's service issues but has yet to receive a response. Here’s a roundup of Twitter reactions to WatchESPN’s struggles.