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Fortnite server status and extended downtime

We've got you covered on whether Fortnite is down, plus any communications from Epic Games about when to expect normal service to resume.

Fortnite server status downtime: Zeus is about to hurl a lightning bolt.

Are the Fortnite servers down? While the downtime between patches and season changes is usually predictable, there are occasions when something more serious has occurred, warranting prolonged maintenance.

Any downtime in Fortnite is annoying, particularly if you’ve only got a few hours in the day to play the battle royale game, but the servers can go down at any point. If that is the case right now, you can always check out the latest Fortnite map or Fortnite weapons to discover the new meta. With all that out of the way, here’s the latest info on whether Fortntie is down.

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Are the Fortnite servers down?

The Fortnite servers are currently live, along with version 29.00. Previously, Epic Games had said queue times could vary dramatically as it worked on issues with the new update. According to Epic Games, players could preload a new version of the update from Friday, March 8, 2024, at 6pm PT / 9pm ET, and Saturday, March 9, at 2am GMT.

According to the Fortnite Status X (formerly Twitter) account, this ws due to an unexpected issue during the maintenance period. The post originally stated that the servers would be down for “at least [eight] additional hours.” The team later states, “The curse from us opening Pandora’s Box has lifted – v29.00 is live. Thank you everyone for being patient with us while we worked through this extended downtime, it’s greatly appreciated.”

Generally speaking, Fortnite servers only go down during maintenance periods between patch updates or when demand is increased to the point of overloading servers. The last time the latter happened was with the introduction of Lego Fortnite in late 2023.

As soon as the Fortnite servers are no longer down, you should be able to buy or earn the latest Fortnite skins. If you’re looking for something else to play in the meantime, we have a list of the best new PC games and all the upcoming PC games for 2024 and beyond.