Epic Games Store (and Fortnite logins) get utterly fouled up by Grand Theft Auto V

By The Buggles

    
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Here in my car, I feel safest of all.

Downloading Grand Theft Auto V for free – should you?
The Epic Games Store said it’d be a thing to do.
But Epic’s servers got too many coming through.
(Oh-a-oh-a)

The servers struggled, 11:00 a.m. EDT,
So many trying to get GTAO for free,
The net result is broken logins now, you see.

(Oh-a-oh-a) This free promotion!
(Oh-a-oh-a) Caused mixed emotions!

GTA killed the Epic Games Store!
GTA killed the Epic Games Store!

Download free to draw in fans.

Now even Fortnite players struggle to log on!
Good will and bandwidth are alarmingly all gone!
It was a good idea, it seems to have gone wrong.

(Oh-a-oh-a) The game’s six years old!
(Oh-a-oh-a) But it’s still well-sold!

GTA killed the Epic Games Store!
GTA killed the Epic Games Store!

On desktop and on my screen,
Epic is still trying to beat out Steam.
Download free to draw in fans –
But not with broken logins, fam.

Source: Twitter via Polygon. Cheers, Silverlock.
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zoward

I saw Asia do the source song live in concert last year (yeah, it was the Buggles, but Geoff Downes, their keyboardist, played in Asia also). Good times.

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h4

the website seems okay now, i managed to get the free copy.

also, nice parody lyrics to video killed the radio star

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Ironwu

Guys, getting the GTAV for free will ALSO get you a $10 coupon on any game $15 or more (even after sale discount).

That means you can get The Outer Worlds (on sale for $40) for a net cost of $30 !

That is a great price for The Outer Worlds and if you are at all interested in this Obsidian RPG Shooter, grab it!

Buying any game (even when using the coupon), will also immediately net you another coupon. Rinse and repeat. :)

Note that the $10 coupon will stay in your account till November, if TOW (or other sale game) is not your thing. :)

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silverlock

Seems to be back up now.

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Bruno Brito

Rhymin’ fam with fans hurt my soul.

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Neurotic

That last verse though :D :D :D

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Greaterdivinity

Man, this shows a pretty big flaw in their setup – overloading the store can prevent you from even launching your games. That’s something they’re gonna need to fix, but I imagine it’s also the first time they’ve really faced a crush of traffic like this. If they fix it quick, rad, if they don’t address this then definitely shame on them.

But glad I’ve been cheap as hell and too lazy to buy the game all the times it was on sale. Still not quite my jam but hey, I’ll take it if it’s free! Just Cause 4 was their first “AAA” game, but this is definitely the biggest free game they’ve given out. I’m legit surprised that Rockstar/2K agreed to this, or that Epic was willing to shell out whatever insane asking price Rockstar/2K had. Guess it really is approaching the end of the GTA V life cycle, which seems to have lasted an entire console generation, which is gob-smackingly insane.

Also, store…seems to be coming back online? I’m able to launch games and the store is working sorta? Slowly coming back.

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IronSalamander8 .

For those unaware of the reference (A very good one there Eliot!):

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Robert Mann

Happens with game releases on Steam too, tbh. Not a fan of Epic by any means, but fair is fair…

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Tanek

I can generally still play my games when the Steam store is broken. I may just be missing how to do that with games on Epic, but from what I’m seeing, down for them also means no access to your library.

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silverlock

I think it may be an issue of scale though. Rather then a slow down do to say a 20% increase in traffic this is more likely like a 200% increase.

Obviously I’m pulling that number out of the air but you get the idea.

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Tanek

No, I mean if the Steam store is offline, I can still play my library locally. Is there a way to do that on Epic? If there is, great. If not, linking the two together means when the store has problems, you can’t play any of the games you got there.

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Robert Mann

I have no clue. Haven’t had any desire to touch the Epic launcher. I’m not a Steam fanboy… but I detest a lot of what Epic is doing, and what Sweeney says. Honestly I’d rather take it on GoG if I can at this point.

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EmberStar

It depends on the game, and it seems to especially depend on how they handle workshop and DLC item integration. If my net / Steam connection dies while I’m playing Space Engineers I can keep playing… but it won’t allow me to customize my suit and treats the DLC blocks as if I don’t own them. I’m pretty sure that with Ark though, I can still play it while offline. And of course older (or purely single player games) usually work just fine.

My limited understanding is that the Epic Launcher has to be fully operational or you can’t even attempt to launch the games. It seems like it was mostly built to launch Fortnite (which is online only) and then they’ve been jamming in extra features when they feel like it onto that. No net connection? No games for you. A feature it shares with U(can’t)Play, the almost equally awful launcher that is required to use anything from Ubisoft. And which is pretty well known for resulting in all things Ubisoft being offline whenever a popular new game comes out – either their servers overload from downloads, or the netcode punches itself in the throat and dies because Reasons.