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Why Does Fortnite Keep Crashing? Explanations and How to Fix

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Fortnite is a massively popular game. At any given time, the infamous battle royale can have upwards of two million players at a time. With so many people clogging the servers, it makes perfect sense that it’d have some problems every now and then. If you’re finding that Fortnite is crashing when you try to play, you may (or may not) be alone! Here are some fixes that’ll get you back on the Fortnite Island sooner!

How to Fix Fortnite Crashing

First, it’s probably helpful to determine if this is a widespread problem or not. After all, the solution may change if it’s a misplaced setting on your part as opposed to a national or global outage. So, your first move should be to check out the official Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board. It’s here where you’ll determine if the current predicament is being experienced by other denizens of the Fortnite Island.

If it’s not — there are some things you can try on a local level to prevent this pesky problem!

It can be rough being a PC gamer without a PC that can handle certain games. If Fortnite is giving you grief, make double sure that your system specs meet the required or minimum requirements:

  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280, or equivalent DX11 GPU
  • Video Memory: 2 GB VRAM
  • Processor: Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz, AMD Ryzen 3 3300U, or equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or higher
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Minimum Requirements

  • Video Card: Intel HD 4000 on PC; Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • Processor: Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit or Mac OS Mojave 10.14.6

Verify Game Files

It’s possible, if Fortnite continually crashes on you, that it’s missing some critical files, or perhaps said files have been corrupted. In order to verify that this is not the problem, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Epic Games Launcher and head for your LIBRARY.
  2. There will be 3 dots next to Fortnite. Click these three dots.
  3. In the drop-down menu, you’ll see several options, but you should click MANAGE.
  4. In this menu, you’ll see an option to VERIFY files. Click VERIFY.

Run Epic Games Launcher as Administrator

If the problem hasn’t been solved, try running the Epic Games Launcher as an Administrator. To do this, right-click the Epic Games Launcher shortcut on your desktop or in the folder where it lives. Click RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR, then launch Fortnite.

Update Video Card Drivers

You might not think this would make much of a difference, but believe me when I say that updating video card drivers can make all the difference. The instructions can vary based on who made your video card, but you can find said instructions for Nvidia, AMD, and Intel by clicking the respective links.

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If the problem isn’t widespread, and none of these options do the trick, the best solution might be to be patient and give the problem some time to work itself out. You can report bugs using the Community Issues Trello Board linked earlier in this piece. We hope you’re able to get back to the island soon!

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