The Epic Games Store went offline on Thursday morning as customers anticipating the launch of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5 for free on the platform overloaded its servers. News of the sport’s free launch leaked early on Wednesday on the Epic Games Store Twitter account.
The web site and launcher each went down simply earlier than 11 a.m. EDT, when the Premium Edition of the sport for Windows PC was scheduled to go stay. “We are currently experiencing high traffic on the Epic Games Store,” Epic Games said on Twitter.
“We are aware that users may be encountering slow loading times, 500 errors, or launcher crashing at this time and we are actively working to scale. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can.”
The excessive site visitors seems to have additionally knocked the Fortnite servers offline, with points impacting “Launcher logins and in-game purchases,” according to a tweet from the Fortnite Status account.
Just after 11 p.m. EDT — greater than 12 hours from the preliminary outage — Epic reported that its Launcher and web site had been again on-line. An update from the Fortnite Status account at 8:25 p.m. EDT confirmed that these points have been resolved, too.
We’ve deployed updates to supply decision for these points, and most customers ought to have the ability to entry the Epic Games Store and Launcher right now. We’ll proceed to watch site visitors and supply updates if additional points are encountered. Thank you in your continued persistence!
— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) May 15, 2020
“We’ve deployed updates to provide resolution for these issues, and most users should be able to access the Epic Games Store and Launcher at this time,” Epic tweeted. “We’ll continue to monitor traffic and provide updates if further issues are encountered. Thank you for your continued patience!”
Despite being six and a half years outdated, GTA 5 is clearly nonetheless well-liked. It goes past simply the sport being out there free of charge, too: 2019 was considered one of Rockstar Games’ finest gross sales years for GTA 5. GTA 5 was initially launched in September 2013 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and once more in 2014 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In 2015, it got here to Windows PC. With the PC launch, the sport discovered a brand new viewers with the modding scene and in Grand Theft Auto Online. The sport’s reputation on Twitch ballooned prior to now yr with role-playing servers in GTA Online.
GTA Online’s affect prolonged past its personal servers lately, when an in-game struggle between inexperienced and purple aliens took over YouTube and TikTok. GTA 5’s on-line communities are splendidly bizarre (although typically horrible) and it’s no surprise people are wanting to dive into them.
Update (May 15): The Epic Games Store is again on-line. We’ve up to date this story to mirror this info.
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