In what appears to be a major shutdown for game lovers, free-to-play Battle Royale game, Fortnite went down in what appears to be an unknown glitch.
Developer of the online game, Epic Games struggled to get the game online back for at least two hours. Epic Games later announced that the game was unavailable and that the servers have been brought down to probe the stability issues affecting the game.
The Epic Games Store was also dealing with its own issues, with players complaining that they could not log in or access their games for offline play.
On the Epic Games Status webpage, it wrote yesterday by 4:38pm UTC that it was investigating issues with logins, purchasing, downloading, installing on the Epic Games Store, Fortnite and Rocket League. It later updated the server by 11:46pm UTC that the incident with the Epic Games Store Browsing issue has been resolved.
The issue first started with login and matchmaking issues reaching players around the world, with thousands of players reporting the outage on DownDetector.com. Epic Games did not give an explanation for the stability issues but shut down the servers in an apparent bid to fix the issue.
Aside posting on the status web page, Epic Games also took to microblogging platform, Twitter to intimate the public that its team was investigating a problem with the game’s servers.
“Fortnite is currently unavailable and players are unable to log-in while we investigate an issue. We’ll provide more info when we have a solution to bring services back online,” it added.
The problem has now been solved and the game is back up and running. “Fortnite game servers are back online and the Winterfest continues!”
The Fortnite game is perhaps Epic Games biggest product as it was even subject to litigation between the gaming company and tech-giant, Google.
It would be recalled that Epic Games, had taken the offensive after it filed a lawsuit against Google over the latter’s decision to extract Fortnite from its app store. But Google in a counter-attack move countersued Epic Games as it accused the gaming company of violating its contract by romancing an additional payment system that sought to overtake the Play Store’s payment systems and its 30 percent in-app purchase commission.
Epic Games had in 2018 showed an agreement backed with a court document that inferred that Google will be willing to add Fortnite to the Play Store by paying Epic $208 million and also a reduction its 30 percent fee to five percent.