Free GTA 5 download breaks Epic Games: Store still down

The Epic Games team had teased us the entire week with a free ‘mystery game’, but it wasn’t until 14 May that the title was accidentally leaked, and then chaos broke out. Here’s why Epic Games is down at the moment.

Why is the Epic Games Store down?

On Thursday, Epic Games accidentally leaked what the big secret was, ahead of the time. A tweet announcing that Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) was the free download for the week was published ahead of schedule.

The Epic team soon realised what they had done and deleted the tweet. However, eagle-eyed fans spotted it and took screenshots for posterity. And so the news spread.

Of course, everyone was eager to get their hands on GTA 5 as soon as possible (don’t stress, you have until 21 May to download it still). As gamers swarmed Epic Games Store, the site crashed.

Current status of Epic Games Store:

Click the “Test Epic Site” button to be redirected to the store. If you are met with a 403 Forbidden error, then the site is obviously still down. Epic will provide updates on Twitter.

At the time publishing, Epic Games was still down. Not the ideal situation for gamers stuck in isolation and lockdown and desperate for something to do; we know the frustration, we do.

Epic said earlier today that they are “experiencing high traffic” to the website, and are aware that users may be “encountering slow loading times, 500 errors, or launcher crashing at this time”.

“We are actively working to scale. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can. [The Epic team appreciates] your patience as we continue to work towards a resolution to mitigate traffic”.

That was more than two hours ago.

Also read – Free PC Games: Get GTA 5 from Epic Games this week

Is Fortnite down too?

Unfortunately, yes, as it uses the Epic Store launcher. The Fortnite team said earlier today that they’re “investigating issues on PC and MAC that may impact Launcher logins and in-game purchases.”

They, too, will provide updates when they have a handle on things again. An update posted at 19:30 SAST informed anxious gamers that they are “actively working to resolve login and purchasing on all affected platforms”.

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