Middle Eastern gamers joined together on Monday to push the conversation around the current server issues facing Fortnite in the region, uniting under the #FortniteMiddleEastServers hashtag on Twitter.
The social media push has been strong enough that the hashtag has trended across numerous countries, including Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
The coordinated movement, started by top Middle Eastern Fortnite players, centers around the ping issues plaguing players in the region, which reportedly cause significant and ongoing gameplay latency problems. While most pros enjoy a ping in the 0 to 50 range, Middle Eastern gamers routinely experience pings in the 150-200 range, according to Kotaku.
“We are Fortnite players from the Middle East, we have been playing the game for a long time and we are big fans. However, we are facing a big struggle with PING which leads us in having [a] bad experience [when] playing the game. We need a server in our region ASAP please,” read one message that has been shared hundreds of thousands of times.
Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, wasted no time issuing a response, stating, “We work with multiple cloud providers to supply the infrastructure for Fortnite servers globally. None of these providers yet have capacity available in the Middle East region, but we expect to have a solution in the next few months. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more!”
Epic Games currently uses AWS for its Fortnite servers, and past reports reveal the company uses 24 of the 55 availability zones offered by AWS. However, none of these servers are located in the Middle East. It is currently unclear what solution the company will deploy to get around the unavailability of reliable servers in the region as a past blog post suggests Epic has been trying to solve this problem since at least last August.