How to Fix the 'Fortnite' Blue Screen of Death Bug 

You can thank the anti-cheat software for this one.

Fortnite players continue to experience issues with the game. Epic Games will shut the game down on Thursday for maintenance, but for those dealing with a certain issue, it has instructions on how to fix the problem.

Some PC Fortnite players received an unhappy surprise when launching the game since the release of Fortnite Season 5. Instead of loading up what is arguably the popular video game in the world, these folks saw everyone’s favorite “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD). On Wednesday, a representative from Epic posted on the Fortnite subreddt instructions on what players need to do in order to fix the problem.

Epic BSOD
Epic instruction on how to fix 'Fortnite" BSOD bug.

The post goes on to say:

Navigate to C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite\FortniteGame\Binaries\Win64\BattlEye

Click the Uninstall_BattlEye.bat file (Windows Batch File)

Click the Install_BattlEye.bat file (Windows Batch File)

One Reddit user pointed out the BSOD issue stems from the Battleye anti-cheat software that is included in the Fortnite game data. A recent update by the software developer changed how it interacts with the system memory in order to prevent hackers from manipulating certain processes that would affect the game. The result is Battleye causing some computers to crash, which in turn brings up the dreaded BSOD. Players on the subreddit did confirm the issue was resolved once they followed the instructions, although some expressed concern on the amount of time it took to come up with a fix and the use of Battleye in the first place (since it’s been known to cause problems).

Like other issues affecting players, it appears the release of Fortnite Season 5 is the cause for a myriad of problems. Hopefully Epic will remedy the issues with Thursday’s maintenance.

Once the players fix the BSOD, they can then get ready for the Season 5 Week 2 Challenges, but in order to complete all the new challenges, they will need a Battle Pass to unlock the Basketball Toy.

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