Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Battle Royale: Fortnite hit by server outage

Latest news

    FortniteImage copyright Epic Games
    Image caption A total of 100 gamers face off in Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode trying to be the last survivor

    A lengthy server outage that prevented gamers playing Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode has been resolved.

    The title, which was developed by US-based Epic Games, began experiencing problems on Wednesday. It has more than 45 million players worldwide.

    The issue meant that some gamers were unable to play the last-player-standing challenge on Xbox, PlayStation, PC or mobile.

    A statement by Epic had blamed the glitch on a database fault.

    “Login and game service issues have been resolved and we’ve returned to a healthy state,” it announced shortly after 20:00 BST.

    Soon after, it added that a related email notifications backlog had also been corrected.

    Several of the game’s fans had voiced their displeasure on social media during the near day-long outage.

    But one expert said such glitches were not unusual.

    “It’s not ideal from their perspective because they have millions of players that want to play the game,” said Piers Harding-Roll, head of games at analyst firm IHS Markit.

    “But the most important thing is that people [were] given regular updates.”

    ‘Addictive’

    Fortnite launched last June as a paid game.

    However, the Battle Royale mode – which pits 100 players against each other – is free to play.

    It makes money by selling costumes and other cosmetic in-game items.

    Media playback is unsupported on your device

    Media captionWATCH: Should you limit your children’s time on Fortnite?

    These generated more than $15m (£10.5m) on iOS alone over its first three weeks on Apple’s mobile platform – which it joined on 15 March – according to one analytics firm.

    Some parents have raised concerns about the amount of time their children are spending within Fortnite’s cartoon-like fights.

    However, one academic recently cautioned against describing the game as being “addictive”.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43742970

    Fortnite has been nominated for two prizes at Thursday evening’s Bafta Games Awards.

    Media playback is unsupported on your device

    Media captionWATCH: Your guide to the Bafta Games Awards 2018 nominees

    In the same category are

    Prince death: No charges will be filed Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prince was found dead at his Minneapolis-area estate in April 2016 No criminal charges will be brought over ...
    Bedford Barber jailed for head-shave ‘punishment’ Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption The boy was said to be "proud of his hairstyle" and it was "important to him" A barber who sh...
    Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev ‘helped create Novichok’ Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRetired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent.Moscow con...
    Reality Check: Do we use 8.5 billion straws a year in the UK? The claim: We use 8.5 billion plastic straws a year in the UK. Reality Check verdict: Nobody knows exactly how many straws are used each year. This ...
    No, the BBC is not reporting the end of the world Image copyright Benchmark Assessment A fictional video reporting the onset of thermonuclear war and featuring BBC News branding has been shared wide...
    Swaziland king renames country ‘the Kingdom of eSwatini’ Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption King Mswati III, centre, has ruled the country since 1986 Swaziland's King Mswati III has announced he is ...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *