(Bloomberg) – Epic Games Inc.’s Fortnite was down for about seven hours on Wednesday, with the long outage coming after two weeks of server issues.
The online battle royale game, which recently started its Chapter 3 with significant changes to the environment, started causing problems for players logging in and looking for a match around 11 a.m. KST and the servers at game remained offline due to “stability issues” until nearly 7 p.m., according to Epic’s Fortnite Status Twitter account. Additional issues with signing in to the Epic Games Store have also been reported by users, preventing them from playing other games on their Epic account, online or offline.
Fortnite had over 350 million registered users as of May, making it one of the most popular video games in the world. He is currently hosting a Winterfest event that rewards players for spending time in the game and completing quests. Prizes include a pair of new outfits, including a Frosted Banana, and additional bonus items for Fortnite Crew subscribers.
Demand has been high throughout the period of the event, which began on December 16 and will run through January 6. Earlier this month, Epic said it was struggling to hand out its winter giveaways to gamers – “Sgt. Winter couldn’t keep up with that many guests at once! The company tweeted – and there is had other downtime for the game.
To appease players for the disruption and reassure them that they won’t miss the Winterfest loot, the company said it will provide details next week on how they can make up for lost time.
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