Fortnite Is Down [Update: It's Back, Plus Rewards]

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If you tried to log into Fortnite last night and couldn’t get past the start screen, you’re not alone. The wildly popular battle royale game has had server issues for over a day now.


Sixteen hours ago, Epic, the developer, announced that Fortnite was having login issues. A few hours later, the game came down:

As of this morning, the game is still not functioning, as Epic says it is still trying to deploy upgrades to its database systems. A representative from Epic told Kotaku that Epic is still working on getting the servers back up, but otherwise, there’s still no estimate for when things will be back to normal.

Update 3:13 PM: It’s back!

Update 5:17 PM: Epic says sorry for the downtime with some free back bling for players.

Original story follows:

Update 12:58 PM: There’s finally an ETA! Epic says the game should come back to normal over the next few hours, but players on PS4 may have a longer wait time, unfortunately.


Update 9:49AM: Fortnite is now serving login queues, though I waited for four minutes only to be given another “login failed.” Later, the game put me in an extremely long two hour and thirty minute queue.


Update 11:02 AM: Epic took to Reddit to share some more details, though there’s still no timeframe for a fix:

We’re sorry for the ongoing extended instability. We had a critical failure with one of our account service databases. As a result, our login and matchmaking systems are unstable. Our team has been working through the night on fixes in order to bring the game fully back up. Right now we don’t know how long it will take, but we will update you hourly.


Thanks for your patience while we work to resolve these issues.

Elsewhere, the game has been offline for long enough that players are starting to get ansty:


Others are simply trying something new in the meantime:



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