Fortnite Guide: How to Fix Waiting in Queue

Are you playing Fortnite and wondering "Why am I waiting in queue again?" We've got the answers, along with a tip or two to help you avoid long wait times.

Epic Games' Fortnite has rapidly become one of the most popular games around thanks to constant updates and releases across PC and consoles, even eclipsing PUBG for some players. With all that popularity, it's reasonable to expect a few technical issues or inconveniences every now and again, and the queue seems to be one of them. It makes no distinction between backers and free-to-play users, causing long wait times and frustration among all. But there are ways around the queue -- and getting into matches faster.

So if you've found yourself asking, "Why does Fortnite say 'Waiting in Queue'", then this guide will give you the rundown as to why. 

Fortnite Queue Update Troubles

In the past few months, Fortnite has received a few major updates, including the most recent one, The Storm. Shortly after updating the game, players report issues entering matches and tend to get stuck in the queue for up to half an hour or more -- assuming it doesn't time out and start over again.

At the time of this writing, Epic Games is blaming The Storm update for keeping players in the queue for extended periods of time, citing problems with the Fortnite servers after the update. Typically, these queue issues are fixed in a short time after the problem comes to light. These problems don't affect everyone, though. Your best bet in these cases is keeping an eye on Epic Games' Twitter page for updates and just planning on longer wait times in general.

Swamped Fortnite Servers 

However, it's likely that you'll encounter the dreaded queue at some point or another in your time with the game. Why? It's just too popular and grew too fast, so servers are prone to getting overloaded from countless players across the globe seeking to enter a match.

However, there is a way around this particular problem. Fortnite's servers are at their busiest in the late afternoon, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., which makes sense, as that's when many people are coming home from work or school. Assuming you have the time in your schedule, you'll probably find shorter or non-existent queue times earlier in the afternoon or later at night--and definitely not during prime times on the weekend, like afternoons or early evenings. Even that will help you fix your waiting in queue problem. 

Try PvE

Another possible solution is trying a PvE game instead. Sure, it's not Battle Royal, but PvE is fun in it's own right. More importantly, some claim that wait times for those matches are shorter, even though it's a shared queue. Others vehemently disagree, though, so it's no guarantee, unfortunately.


As Epic Games comes to grips with its offspring's popularity, presumably the server problem will be ironed out, and wait times will decrease.

How do you avoid long queue times in Fortnite? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our other Fortnite guides!

Published Dec. 9th 2017

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