Fortnite has changed quite a bit since the game’s original launch last year, and the developers over at Epic Games have even added an entirely new free-to-play Battle Royale game mode that pits 100 players against each other in a pre-rendered map. No matter which version of the game you’re looking to play, though, you’ve probably at some point found yourself locked in a queue, waiting to login to the game. In this article we’ll talk about why you’re in queue, what the queue is, and even offer a few tips of how to avoid it during certain times.

Why am I in Queue?

The Queue in Fortnite was originally something that launched a few days after Epic Games release Fortnite into early access. Now, though, with the release of the Battle Royale game mode, even more players have flocked to the game, adding even more stress to the servers that Epic Games have set aside. Sometimes the servers will reach their maximum stress amounts, and usually when that happens Epic Games will initiate a queue system that logs people in over time in order to decrease the chance of any big server outages being caused by multiple players connecting at the same time.

The queue is also often seen around high-volume times like new updates, and even when there are some server issues that the developers need to address. You’ll never know when a queue is coming until you try to login and find yourself in one.

How to Avoid the Queue

Even though you don’t know when a queue is coming, there are still some things that you can do to avoid the queue and make sure you’re always logged in and ready to go to battle. First off, try not to login to the game right after a big patch or update is released. While it’s always fun to try out the new features, waiting just a few short hours can help ease the pain of the servers relaunching and negate the need for a queue, allowing you to dive right in.

You can also try to login before peak hours each day. Most people start to login to Fortnite during the afternoon hours, after kids start getting out of school and people begin to get off of work. Usually we’d suggest trying to log on before 3 or 4 in your local time zone, as this will help decrease the amount of people trying to log on at one time.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with the queue, though, is that it isn’t in place to cause any kind of discomfort. It’s strictly a necessary evil that the developers have put in place to help make the game servers’ connections to players more manageable to make sure no servers get overwhelmed, causing them to shut off. If you find yourself in queue, simply walk away or play another game until you get into the game. Sure, it isn’t the most entertaining thing to do, but it’s definitely better than all the servers getting overloaded and shut down while the developers try to hotfix issues.

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