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Fortnite servers go down after new season launch

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Season 5 of Fortnite went live this morning, and it looks like Epic Games is having trouble dealing with the deluge of players diving into the new Battle Pass challenges. The developer has taken servers down while it investigates issues associated with logging in, game services, and matchmaking. The Fortnite status page says there’s a “major outage.”

Right now you can’t launch the PC game at all, while other versions are citing wait times of up to 40 minutes or more before eventually returning login failures. Epic’s on the case, but the downtime will be disappointing for anyone hoping to find that llama this evening.

Update July 12th, 11PM ET: Epic has tweeted that servers are back up, although the status page remains unchanged.