Epic Games Confirm That 'Fortnite' Servers Are Down For 'Emergency Maintenance'
Epic Games has confirmed that the Fortnite game servers are down across the world for 'emergency maintenance' for massive upgrades to their database systems.
The massively popular battle royale game has been down since 3:21 this morning meaning that loads of late night gamers have been left to find something else to do, with no explanation.
Fortnite is a battle royale game in which 100 players are dropped onto an island and must protect themselves against the elements and each other - the last person standing is the winner.
Earlier on the servers had gone down for the whole world, the game's creators Epic Games tweeted: "We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance.
"We apologize for this inconvenience. We currently have no ETA on when servers will be back up. Stay updated with our status page here: https://status.epicgames.com"
We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience. We currently have no ETA on when servers will be back up. Stay updated with our status page here: https://t.co/3y0X6buriO
- Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 12, 2018
Yes, that's right - there is no idea as to when the game will be back up, so you'll be Fortnite-less for the foreseeable.
The latest update on the game company's 'Account Service Issues' status page reads: "We're still working on the database upgrade process, and remain in downtime."
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Five hours before the game went into blackout they had said: "We're experiencing issues with our account services that may cause login issues."
They also said that they had tried to fix the issue, but it looks as if it might have got the better of them.
They also added that the game's database "was unable to handle returning traffic, and we're again experiencing issues with login success."
This latest problem could be simply a case of the game becoming a victim of it's own success. It has become massively popular since being released in July last year.
At one point in February it was reported that there were as many as 3.4 million concurrent players. This is more players even than the hugely popular Player Unknown Battlegrounds.
They have been dogged by server problems as a result of the sheer demand to play, and it could be that the vast demand for the game has proven too much for their systems again.
We'll keep you posted with any updates.
Featured Image Credit: Epic Games
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