The recently discovered Intel Meltdown security vulnerability has led to severe online service degradation in Fortnite. The community has been finding it difficult as of late to log into the game without facing long queues, a problem being birth from the servers undergoing extensive downtimes for unscheduled maintenance.
Posting on the official forums this week, Epic Games announced that the ongoing patches to address the Intel Meltdown flaw are the reason for the recent performance issues faced by Fortnite. The publisher explained that the game heavily relies on third-party cloud services to power its battle royale experience, and the recent security patches have limited the amount of power accessible from processors.
“We wanted to provide a bit more context for the most recent login issues and service instability”, Epic Games wrote. “All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability. We heavily rely on cloud services to run our back-end and we may experience further service issues due to ongoing updates.”
Despite the service degradation, Epic Games has advised the Fortnite community to keep their systems updated for security. The Intel Meltdown situation has been a rightful concern for many but it is something that is out of the hands of current users. There is no reason why you should take the risk of not updating to the latest security patches.
Fortnite is currently into its second season, which officially concludes on February 20. There is a plethora of new rewards to obtain. The developer estimates that it will take a player between 75-150 hours to collect them all this season.