Fortnite downtime: flow-on effect of Meltdown/Spectre bugs

Intel CPU security patches cause MASSIVE problems in Unreal Engine-powered Fortnite.

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That nasty security hole that Intel is dealing with right now is coming into effect on the gaming side of things, in Epic Games' smash hit Fortnite.

Fortnite downtime: flow-on effect of Meltdown/Spectre bugs 07

Epic has said that Fortnite servers are heavily reliant on cloud services, with the latest CPU patches to affected Intel CPUs (here's a list) are causing all sorts of issues. Epic writes: "We wanted to provide a bit more context for the most recent login issues and service instability. All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability. We heavily rely on cloud services to run our back-end and we may experience further service issues due to ongoing updates".

The developer also added: "Unexpected issues may occur with our services over the next week as the cloud services we use are updated. We are working with our cloud service providers to prevent further issues and will do everything we can to mitigate and resolve any issues that arise as quickly as possible. Thank you all for understanding. Follow our Twitter @FortniteGame for any future updates regarding this issue".


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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