Epic Games has its own Christmas cake. On Wednesday, a number of Fortnite players reported long queues such as timeout and trouble logging into Fortnite's servers. The company is aware of the problem and tweeted that it examines the reason behind the outbreak that some users are entering when they try to log in.
We were able to copy the problem around 1pm Pacific Time, with the game repeatedly throwing us into a queue for about five minutes before timing out. Once we managed to log in. When the login failed, we were greeted with the message "Cannot join the Fortnite log queue. Please try again later." Update : As of 2:00 pm Pacific Time, the queue extends nearly 1
Epic has played eager holiday players for their status page, where the company reports a "minor service interruption" affecting the gaming service. Since then, it also detects that login and matchmaking are currently experiencing "degraded performance." TechCrunch has reached Epic about the cause of downtime.
Although not quite as catastrophic for an online game as a Merry Christmas, the time between Christmas and New Year is certainly a massive week for Epic's hit game. Given that Epic makes bank fees for cosmetic upgrades through an online store, we would be curious about how much revenue the company loses every minute. Fortnite is down in a peak time. On the other hand, we cannot know either.