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Fortnite Chapter 3 is the Most Successful Season Launch, Player Numbers Break Game Servers

According to a tweet from the verified Fortnite game Twitter account, Chapter 3 is officially the game's most successful season launch.
According to a tweet from the verified Fortnite game Twitter account, Chapter 3 is officially the game's most successful season launch. / Epic Games

According to a tweet from the verified Fortnite game Twitter account, Chapter 3 is officially the game's most successful season launch.

The latest chapter of Fortnite went live earlier today, Sunday, Dec. 5, attracting millions of players all ready to explore the new flipped island—for better or worse. Unfortunately, the massive influx of fans looking to log in has overloaded the game's servers, causing a lengthy backlog and a near two-hour queue. Even some of the largest Fortnite influencers and informants are having a hard time getting in.

"You always impress, Fortnite fam!" The Fortnite Twitter account wrote, "The team is working hard to deliver a smooth Chapter 3 experience for the millions of players who joined us, by far the most players we’ve ever seen at the launch of a season."

Fortnite Chapter 3 Launch Breaks Game Servers

Players across social media platforms are reporting being placed in queues just to enter the game. The exact length of time varies among accounts from 15 minutes to nearly two hours of waiting. Some have noted that the application has crashed a few times, as well, pulling them out of the game and/or sending them to the back of the line once again.

Unfortunately, this means that—for all intents and purposes—the Fortnite game servers are not functioning fully as intended. According to the Epic Games Public Status webpage, all aspects are "Operational" except for Login, which is suffering a "Degraded Performance." The issue has been under investigation since 10:30 a.m. ET.

Fortnite support staff are aware of all issues, including:

  • Log-ins
  • Purchases
  • Partying up
  • Matchmaking
  • Cloud game settings saving properly
  • Friends list populating
  • PC players' applications crashing while in the queue

An update will be published to the verified Fortnite Status Twitter account once things have "returned to normal."