Software development giant Epic Games has taken down the Fortnite game servers in order to implement emergency maintenance upgrades.
On Wednesday, the company alerted users that it was experiencing technical problems with its account servers and that this may cause login problems.
The issue quickly escalated to all of its endpoints, games and websites. The Epic Games Launcher has also been caught up in the outage.
"This is due to a database failure which we are working to resolve as quickly as possible," said Epic Games on Wednesday.
"In a measure towards resolution, matchmaking will be blocked for a short period."
By Thursday, the firm confirmed that the problems were still ongoing. However, it has made steady progress in mitigating the underlying fault. In a series of updates, it said:
We're experiencing issues with our account services that may cause login issues.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 11, 2018
Stay updated on our status page while we investigate this: https://t.co/8xBpgCayKZ
We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience. We currently have no ETA on when servers will be back up. Stay updated with our status page here: https://t.co/3y0X6buriO— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 12, 2018
Due to an animation issue with the Guided Missile, we're temporarily disabling it until we have a fix. We'll update you once it's resolved!— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 11, 2018
Writing on Twitter, Fortnite explained: "We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience. We currently have no ETA on when servers will be back up."
Customers quickly took to the internet to complain about the outage, with one Twitter user saying "the developers should look ahead to these issues before they release the updates".
Another angry user suggested that Fortnite may begin to "lose people" if these problems are not fixed soon, with others complaining of waiting hours for a fix.
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