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Fortnite servers down for the count: Epic offers freebies, admits it ‘messed up here’

While the latest update for Fortnite should have brought with it an exciting new approach to the game and experience, gamers have instead had to put up with an exceptionally long downtime, with servers down and out for the count up until early this morning.

The developer behind the year’s biggest game, Epic Games, has just released a blog post apologising for the server meltdown, offering up some freebies to the Fortnite community as compensation.

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“We messed up here,” the developer admitted.

To say thank you to the community, Epic Games is offering up the following:

  • For Battle Royale players, this weekend we’ll be offering a Back Bling gift that you can pick up in the store for free.
  • For our Save the World folks, this weekend we will be offering a Troll Stash Llama in the store for free.”

Season Gold and Battle Stars will also be up for grabs.

“Next week, we will be granting a pack of Battle Stars to our Battle Royale players and Seasonal Gold to the Save the World players,” the studio said. “This will require brief additional downtime, so we will be including it as a part of our planned update next week.”

The game is now back online, although some players are still experiencing trouble connecting to the game’s servers.

Login and game service issues have been resolved and we’ve returned to a healthy state,” Epic Games wrote. The studio is also planning to release a detailed rundown of what exactly caused the server meltdown.

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