‘Fortnite’ again on-line after 7-hour outage

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“Fortnite” fans who sat at home over the winter break had to look for something else on Wednesday after the game’s servers were offline for about seven hours in the middle of the day.

Epic Games Inc., publisher of the hugely popular video game, first acknowledged the problem – where players were greeted with the message, “You are not authorized to play ‘Fortnite'” – around noon East and later said, “Fortnite is currently not available and players will not be able to log in while we are investigating an issue. “

“Fortnite game servers are currently offline while we are investigating a solution to stability issues,” the company tweeted later that afternoon.

The problem was resolved just before 7 p.m. Eastern. “Fortnite game servers are back online,” tweeted Epic. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding in solving these issues, and next week we’ll be sharing more details on what we’re doing to help you make up for the lost time,” suggesting that user compensation is in the works could.

The bug also affected Epic’s App Store, which is in the middle of a Christmas sale, preventing players from downloading, installing, and launching games in their library. The App Store worked again at 7 p.m.

So players spent a large part of the day without play. A tweet that said “Like if you still can’t sign in” had almost 23,000 “Likes” after three hours.

Others got around this by making memes:

While some turned to one final option:

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