Update, April 12: Fortnite’s server woes appear to be at an end.
After a full day of server and login issues, it appears that Fortnite is finally operational again. A little over an hour ago, Epic said that they were starting to see improvements across all platforms, and now they’ve confirmed that the game is once again operational.
The Battle Bus once again operational! Hop in and hop on :)
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 12, 2018
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So no more weird workarounds are necessary - the battle bus is operational. Stay safe out there. You can keep track of any further server issues on the public status page.
Original story, April 12: It’s not just you - Fortnite’s been undergoing some serious server issues since last night, preventing players from logging in and getting their battle royale on. Players are typically getting either an “unable to sign in to your account” message or an infinite “Waiting in Queue” time, and while Epic are working on a fix there’s no ETA for it. But there is a workaround.
While Epic gets the proper solution together, there’s a sneaky quick fix to get in the game. Navigate to your Fortnite install and run the “FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe” file as administrator. By default, the file path is:
- C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite\FortniteGame\Binaries\Win64
You may have to mess with the task manager and kill the Fortnite process - or the Epic Game Launcher - a time or two to get it up and running, but it will eventually work. Even Ninja’s back on stream with the trick.
The problems seem specific to the Epic Game Launcher. The developers first tweeted about the issues last night at 21:00 GMT, so they’ve have been ongoing for close to a full 24 hours. Some players have intermittently been able to get in the game over that time, but no long term solution has appeared. According to the initial server status report, the problem is “due to a database failure which we are working to resolve as quickly as possible.”
Epic have just begun hourly updates on the situation, and the most recent says “We've made progress on our internal investigations and believe we may understand the problem!” So hopefully you’ll be playing Fortnite without any weird tricks soon.