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What time is the Fortnite live event? Here's where to take part in Operation Sky Fire

Fortnite live event Operation: Sky Fire
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We now know exactly when the Fortnite live event named Operation: Sky Fire is going to start, as following earlier leaked information we have an official announcement direct from Epic that Sunday September 12 is the date to mark in your diaries. After helping out Slone and the Imagined Order over the course of this season, it's time to take action and oust the alien occupiers for good. This will involve sneaking onboard the Mothership hovering above the middle of the island, in order to deliver the IO's final message to the extraterrestrials – you only get one shot, so make it count.

We were already expecting a showdown with the aliens to end the invasion storyline and usher in Fortnite Season 8, and now we know how it's going to go down. From the image above you can see Doctor Slone observing a projection of the Mothership, with floating islands ripped from Corny Complex (the site of the Imagined Order's underground base) hovering below it. There are also what look like orbs attached to the underside of those islands – could these be countermeasure devices or explosives to gain access to the Mothership?

We'll need to see how things play out in Fortnite once Operation: Sky Fire gets underway, but the name suggests things are about to get intense in the skies above the island. With official confirmation received, here's everything you need to know about when the Fortnite live event is and how you can take part.

Where to watch the Fortnite Operation: Sky Fire live event

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While previous Fortnite live events have premiered on YouTube, it looks like Operation: Sky Fire will be a fully interactive experience that you can only take part in through the game. Epic have also warned that replay mode will not be available for this event, so streamers and players alike should take steps to record proceedings if they want to share them later. If you're still looking for video content then keep an eye on the Fortnite YouTube channel, as anything official will appear there.

What time is the Fortnite live event

Fortnite Season 7

(Image credit: Epic Games)

The next Fortnite live event is officially taking place on Sunday September 12 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST. These Fortnite live events are always exceedingly popular, so here are some tips to make sure you don't miss out on the show. Firstly, check in advance that you have the latest version of Fortnite downloaded and installed. Next, it's advised that you log into the game at least an hour prior to the event start time, in case the servers start to reach capacity, then keep a look out for the event playlist to go live approximately 30 minutes before the start time so you can jump in and reserve your spot for Operation: Sky Fire.

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