How to fix Fortnite ‘Checking Epic Services Queue’ Error
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With a game as big as Fortnite, there are bound to be bugs and glitches everywhere you look. No matter how hard the developers at Epic Games try to squash these types of bugs before they’re released to the public, there are simply too many for them to catch everything. One common bug that players have been seeing in recent weeks is an error message that prevents them from playing Fortnite. The error message tells players that Fortnite is “Checking Epic Services Queue.”

Naturally, players have little idea as to how to make that error message disappear so they can get back to playing Fortnite. This error message is mainly seen shortly after a Fortnite update when the servers aren’t back to working at 100% capacity. Unfortunately, this is one of those rare instances where there really aren’t any well-known workarounds that players can use. While there are a couple of things players can try, the “Checking Epic Services Queue” error message mainly falls on Epic Games’ ability to get its servers back to a stable place.

You can look below for some steps to ensure that you’ve done everything in your power to get past this pesky error.

Fixing Fortnite Error “Checking Epic Services Queue”

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The first fix you can try is to simply restart Fortnite or your system entirely. With enough luck, when you return to Fortnite’s home screen, the servers will allow you into the game. However, this won’t usually work, so after you’ve restarted your game/system, you’ll want to check the status of the Fortnite servers.

You can visit the @FortniteStatus Twitter account or go to the DownDetector page for Fortnite to check the current status of the servers. If both of those accounts say that the servers are working, then it might be time to check your Internet connection. You can restart your router/modem and see if that helps you get back online. If a restart didn’t work, then you likely need to call your Internet provider and see if there’s a major outage in your area or a problem with your connection specifically.

If the servers are known to be functioning correctly and you know your Internet connection isn’t the problem, then there’s not much else you can do if you’re still seeing the “Checking Epic Services Queue” error message. You’ll simply have to wait for word from Epic Games or simply keep trying to log into Fortnite.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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