Forcing fans to try and watch via streams.
Fortnite has just finished its latest live event – but many players were left unable to log-in and play.
30 minutes before Fortnite’s “The Device” story event was due to kick off, developer Epic Games tweeted to say the game’s servers were now full, and players would instead have to view the event via streams on Twitch or YouTube.
Epic had warned players that today’s event might fill server capacity – though it has also said this in the past without the game maxing its capacity in this way. Epic had also told players to be online half an hour before the event began – so at 6.30pm UK time. Well, by 6.30pm UK time, fans were already reporting the game had effectively shut them out.
Others who had logged on by that point also found themselves being kicked as servers sagged under the pressure.
A tweet from Epic announcing the game’s servers were full was issued at 6.31pm UK time:
Today?s event has reached capacity. If you’re not already in game, we recommend catching the event via livestream.https://t.co/5sOT64tNHlhttps://t.co/Bj9pDd0e7bhttps://t.co/UY9XcqlSwi pic.twitter.com/in5exepB8U
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) June 15, 2020
It’s a huge shame as, even when viewed via Twitch, The Device was a predictably stunning and unpredictably baffling affair. This season’s spy boss Midas successfully activated his device to try and end Fortnite’s storm for good – but with unforeseen consequences.
Log into Fortnite now and those changes are immediately apparent – although we’re expecting further big map changes when the game’s new season rolls around on Wednesday.
We’ll recap the event and delve into its huge story moments tomorrow.