Recent Fortnite Login Issues and Service Instability Caused by Meltdown Prevention Update

Fortnite's recent login and server access instabilities have plagued the community, but in reality, they've been curing the game's cloud service of a different sickness.

on January 7, 2018 11:13 PM

Epic Games’ co-op-building-game-turned-battle-royale Fortnite has hit a few bumps recently as players began reporting issues with the game affecting connectivity when trying to log in. These recent hitches, however, have turned out to be the result of a much-needed update to prevent vulnerabilities within the game itself.

Further explanation of the Meltdown vulnerability can be found here. A graph of back-end service CPU utilization can be seen below.

The “Meltdown” vulnerability allow programs to steal data, including sensitive information, from the affected computer or cloud network. Fortnite, as it turns out, runs much of its back-end processes through a cloud service– thankfully that cloud service has implemented an update to prevent this vulnerability.

This update more than doubled the CPU usage on Epic Games’ cloud servers and caused players to run into trouble when attempting to log in, or even remain connected to the game.

In a recent post, Epic Games has stated that these issues may persist throughout the week as sed cloud services are updated further. Players have found it particularly hard in the past few days to accrue¬†battle pass points towards this season’s unlockable skins.

Fortnite is available now for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can read more about the game, including the recent missing inventory¬†issue, here. You can also check out the latest Holiday update and all of the game’s new additions here.

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Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.