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Is Fortnite down? And if so then how long is the Fortnite downtime?

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There's nothing more disappointing than setting yourself up for a battle royale session, only to find that the Fortnite servers are down. After some blips in the past, Epic have now secured a stable service to serve the game to millions of players worldwide, but connection issues and scheduled maintenance still sometimes leave us asking when will Fortnite servers be up again? If you've run into issues while trying to get a Fortnite match going then read on, and we'll show you how to check if Fortnite is down, as well as how to find out when are Fortnite servers coming back up again.

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Is Fortnite down?

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At the time of writing, we have no reports that the Fortnite servers are down, and everything is working as normal. However, that's of course subject to change, so let's look at the ways to check if there are problems, and how long is Fortnite downtime going to be if that's the case.

The main place to check for information is the @FortniteStatus Twitter feed, which details any current issues with gameplay or connectivity. It also confirms when scheduled downtime for maintenance is due to happen in advance, as well as when the Fortnite servers will be back up. Scheduled downtime normally takes place at 11pm PDT / 2am EDT / 7am BST and lasts for 2-3 hours on average, with that timing aimed at minimising disruption.

Obviously, if you're trying to play the game and can't connect, then that's a good indication of the Fortnite servers not responding. Often you'll receive an error message from the game's menu screen, confirming that a known issue is taking place, and this may even indicate a rough time when the Fortnite servers are coming back up. You can also visit the Epic Games Public Status site to see what Fortnite services are currently reporting as Operational and which have issues.

Finally, if you're still having issues with the game but there is nothing being reported by Epic, you can visit the Downdetector status page for Fortnite to see if other players are experiencing similar problems. If you see a sudden spike in reports coming in then you'll know you're not alone, and it's likely only a matter of time before official word is posted on the matter.

Most importantly, if you find out that Fortnite is down then don't panic! Server downtime in infrequent and usually lasts a couple of hours at most, so you shouldn't have to spend long asking when are the Fortnite servers coming back up and you'll be back to the battle royale in no time.

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