Fortnite Battle Royale is one of the most popular games in the world, and as with all popular online games, it's always going to be experiencing some form of downtime of server maintenance whenever Epic needs to perform modifications to the game. In this Fortnite Server Status guide, we'll be detailing all the times that Epic has scheduled Fortnite maintenance for, as well as detailing how Fortnite Season 5 is going to launch after some downtime.
If you should instead need help with anything else on Fortnite Battle Royale, including finding every Vending Machine scattered across the map, as well how to complete every single Weekly Challenge as soon as they become available, head over to our Fortnite guides hub.
Fortnite Status - Is Fortnite Down?
Update: As of July 12, 5.40 am EST Epic Fortnite is back online. Fortnite was down due to the Season 5 update, but appears to be back online. While Fortnite is back online, there are queues in place that mean you won't be able to get into a game straight away.
Popular online games are no strangers to downtime and maintenance periods. Popular online games released over the last year or so, like Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WW2, Monster Hunter World, and more have all had times at which they’re inaccessible for their audience, while the developer quickly conducts maintenance to fix bugs and improve the game for the crowd.
Is Fortnite Down?
May 31, 2018 Downtime - According to Epic: "We will be taking downtime to implement improvements to our backend services tomorrow, May 31. Downtime begins at 4am ET (08:00 GMT). It's not clear how long this downtime will last.
Since Fortnite is a game that always requires an online connection to the servers in order to be played, the Fortnite Server Status is crucial for millions around the globe. If you head over to the Fortnite Server page, you can check on whether the servers are up and running at any given time, whether it’s the dead of night, or first thing in the morning.
You can also use this page to check on whether there are issues with certain parts of Fortnite Battle Royale, including voice chat, matchmaking, leaderboards, messaging, and more. The crucial one you want to keep an eye on is ‘Game Status’, as this is the one that’ll determine whether you can actually log into the Fortnite Battle Royale servers and play the game.
There are certain parts of Fortnite that can be under maintenance from Epic, and you can still play the game. At the time of writing, for example, the ‘Stats and Leaderboards’ for the game are under maintenance from Epic, but you can still log in and play Fortnite Battle Royale just as you normally would, without any hindrance to your gameplay whatsoever.
If you try to log in while Fortnite Battle Royale is down to maintenance, you’ll be put into an extensive queue, which can sometimes run on for longer than five minutes. There’s unfortunately nothing to do while you’re waiting in this queue to access the game, and if the servers for Battle Royale are still down when your queue timer expires, you’ll be pushed back to the main menu, where you’ll have to wait.
Fortnite Tracker and Stats Tracking Status
However there’s one feature that Fortnite Battle Royale fans are keen for the return of, and that’s the in-game stats tracker. This feature was removed by Epic at the end of March 2018, due to the need to reduce load times in the game. At the time of writing in mid April 2018, Epic has promised that the feature will be returning “soon” for Fortnite players, but more importantly, your stats are still being recorded while the feature is absent, meaning you haven’t lost out on recording your stats.
One site that has become hugely popular is Fortnite Tracker, a site dedicated to tracking your Fortnite stats. You can get detailed stats on your Fortnite gameplay and see how you compare to friends.
Now that we’ve detailed all you need to know about the servers for Fortnite Battle Royale, you can head over to our Fortnite skins page, where we'll list out all the very best, most stylish outfits you can possibly purchase for your Battle Royale character, or our Fornite V Bucks guide, for info on how you can earn V Bucks as quickly as possible.
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