Fortnite Faces Service Issues After Intel Vulnerability Updates

Mass updates abound.

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Epic Games' Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale may see some service issues over the following days due to cloud updates. While you might be having some issues logging in or playing the game for a little while, the upside is your information will be more secure in the long term.

Announced via Twitter yesterday, Epic Games' cloud systems are lagging due to updates intended to address Intel's Meltdown vulnerability. The two titles may be impacted by these updates for as long as a week; Epic has not detailed if this is an exclusive problem to PC, or if it also affects consoles.

Meltdown, and one other vulnerability called Spectre, were discovered by researchers earlier this week in all Intel processors released since 2011. Very simply, these hardware bugs go largely undetected by anti-virus software and are capable of stealing user information. According to Wired, the updates needed to get around these vulnerabilities are already here for Windows, Android, macOS, iOS, Chrome OS, and Linux.

Epic shared this website for more detailed information on what exactly Meltdown and Spectre actually are, who discovered them, and what companies are involved or may have been affected. PCGamer also has a detailed report of these vulnerabilities and how they affect you, your information, and your PC.

More updates regarding Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale's performance during these updates will be announced via the Fortnite Twitter. Epic also has an open forum post about the situation here.

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I played for about 5hrs yeaterday, and 8hrs today -- zero problems. Must have gotten lucky with server groups patched early in the process.

No, the problem child for the past week has been ESO. They are absolutely not keeping up with server capacity for all the new players who joined during the holidays. Nightly server capacity issues, with stacks of unacknowledged complaints.

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Well it still won't stop ddos attacks.

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@lorddaggeroff: You can't fully stop them....

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@lorddaggeroff: That will never be stopped and something that will have to be dealt with as it occurs.

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Good job intel

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"...for more detailed information on what exactly Meltdown and Spectre actually are, who discovered them..." -- Yeah, I'd also like to know who named them. These "bugs" sound like classic codenames from classic G.I. Joe and Transformers, back when Western animation still had some balls.

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one more issue won't change much.

hit detection

sound inconsistencies

aim assist lock on

shooting mechanics

cheaters

hackers

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@DARREN636: cheaters and hackers are 100% the reason why I will never play games PC online. I know they exist on console too but it is a fraction percentage of pc

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@chiefwiggum16: And that percentage will grow as well sadly, it is not just playing games online, you have to connect to the internet when you visit sites and you are always connected even when you do not go online. This is very big being this has been going on for years and most of the electronics you use have been affected all this time. The hackers if they never knew, now knows there is another way to exploit our systems. Intel, AMD were more concerned about performance than security when they engineered the CPUs and now the rooster has come home to roost. The patches that will be applied will cut some performance but that depends on how you play, casual players it shouldn't matter too much.

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We got our Y2K virus after all, well sort of.

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@PETERAKO: smart ass.

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@PETERAKO:

Except it happened in the Y2K10s. But hey, I agree. Better late than never, right?

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