Fortnite Servers Crash as Big Bang Event Draws Massive Player Stampede

Fortnite’s servers crashed due to the overwhelming amount of players trying to watch the second showing of the Eminem Big Bang event.

On December 2, Fortnite’s highly anticipated Big Bang event was scheduled to begin at 2 pm EST. The event was set to cover all upcoming content, including LEGO collaborations and more.

The massive popularity of the Big Bang event caused queue times to skyrocket, with some players waiting for over an hour to join. This led Fortnite to release two additional showtimes for the event, featuring a concert from Eminem.

The events were spaced roughly three hours apart to allow time for the event to be reset. However, the second event turned out to be even more popular than the first, forcing Epic Games to shut down all Fortnite servers in an effort to recover.

Fortnite servers crash due to Big Bang event popularity

Fortnite’s official status update account on Twitter/X announced the decision to shut down the servers due to connection issues as players anticipated the next event.

“We’re still working to recover from the overwhelming attendance from the first event showtime,” said Fortnite. “We’re taking Fortnite offline temporarily while we work to set up encore shows in a few hours. More info on our next showtimes coming soon.”

Several users reported that the queue time before the servers were shut down was even longer than the initial ones from earlier in the day. One user showed an image of their queue time, which was close to two hours.

Fortnite is experiencing ongoing server issues and is currently unable to accept players. For the latest updates on server status, check out our official guide.


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