If you’ve just picked up Fortnite, and are trying to get into the game during the afternoon hours—whenever everyone else is trying to play—then you might have noticed a queue that keeps you from launching the game right away. What is this queue? Why do you keep getting put in it? Is there a way to bypass it? In this article we’ll talk about the queue, why it’s in place, and a few things you can do to avoid it.

How to Avoid the Queue

After the first couple of days of Early Access, Fortnite started to really take off, with a lot of players coming in over the past weekend. During this time, the servers were unable to handle the influx of new players, and everything crashed to the ground. The developers worked hard to get things back up and running as quickly as they could, and they also put a queue into place to help the servers take on the new players coming into the game.

So how do you avoid the queue? Well, the best way to avoid the queue is to log on to the game at times that things aren’t completely overrun. If you can, log on before the rush of people getting off of work, as the servers really start to fill up after around 4:30 in the afternoon. Or you could wait and play later at night, when things have died down. Unfortunately, for now the queue is the best way to keep things leveled out and keep the servers running well and smoothly.

The queue isn’t there to cause anybody discomfort, but it does help regulate the amount of players logging on at the same time. Sure, it’s not always the most fun thing to sit through, but normally the queue isn’t more than five minutes or so, which means you can go watch a funny video, or even play a match in a game like Splatoon 2 while you wait.

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