How to fix Fortnite matchmaking errors #1, #2, and #3

Fortnite characters posing for a picture - Fortnite Matchmaking Error
Credit: Epic Games

Fortnite characters posing for a picture - Fortnite Matchmaking Error
Credit: Epic Games

The Fortnite matchmaking error, specifically #1, #2, and #3 has been cropping up and preventing players from getting stuck into their favourite battle royale game.

Similar to any online game reliant on server connectivity, Fortnite is susceptible to connection issues. It's not unusual for users to face matchmaking errors, along with other frequent issues including error codes 85, 86, 91, and 93.

Instead of letting you leave feeling disappointed, with the sound of rain and violin music haunting you, we have created this article to provide you with solutions to the Fortnite matchmaking error

What causes the Fortnite matchmaking error?

Fortnite matchmaking errors such as #1, #2, and #3 can arise from a variety of factors, often related to connectivity issues, server problems, or configuration mismatches. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Server downtime or overload: If Fortnite's servers are down for maintenance or experiencing high traffic, it can lead to matchmaking errors. Server-side issues are beyond the control of players but are usually resolved by the game's developers in due course.
  • Internet connection issues: A slow or unstable internet connection on the player's end can interfere with the game's ability to connect to the matchmaking servers. This includes problems with the player's ISP, Wi-Fi signal strength, or network congestion.
  • Outdated game version: Failing to update Fortnite to its latest version can cause compatibility issues with the servers, leading to matchmaking errors. Game developers regularly release updates to improve performance and fix bugs.
  • Firewall or antivirus interference: Security software on your computer might mistakenly identify Fortnite's network traffic as malicious, blocking its access to the internet and, by extension, the matchmaking servers.

Identifying the specific cause of a Fortnite matchmaking error usually requires going through various troubleshooting steps, starting with checking the game's server status and then moving on to inspect your own network and system setup.

How to fix Fortnite matchmaking error

To fix the Fortnite matchmaking errors #1, #2, and #3, start by checking whether the Fortnite servers are down. If this is the case, wait until normal service has been resumed, before trying again.

If the servers are operational, the problem probably originates from your end. In such cases, consider implementing the following troubleshooting strategies:

  • Try restarting the game. A simple, but effective technique.
  • A solution that seems to have worked for a number of players is to change your matchmaking region. This works if your local server is experiencing issues. To do this:
    • Click on the Menu and select Settings
    • Select the gear icon and change your matchmaking region
  • On the flip side, if you are using a VPN, try disabling it, and see if connecting to a more local server improves your situation.
  • Make sure your date and time settings are accurate. If for some reason you've manually changed these, it can cause a problem communicating with the game server.
  • If you are using an Android device, make sure your device hasn't been rooted.
  • Additionally, Epic won't allow Fortnite to run on phones that have Developer Options turned on. So make sure these are off:
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  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Scroll to Developer Options.
  • Toggle Developer Options OFF.

If, after trying all of these steps, you are still experiencing issues, then it's probably wise to contact Epic Games for further support and advice. But what do we know of the reasons behind the problem?

Why can't I join Fortnite custom matchmaking?

If you're trying to join a private match, there are a few steps you need to follow, as per the instructions provided by Epic Games:

  • Start by making sure you are in the same server region as the game host. If you're in the wrong server region, you'll receive an error message, and won't be able to join the game.
  • Next, click Change to bring up the game menu, and select the appropriate game mode.
  • At this point, you need to select Custom Matchmaking Key and enter the key your host gave you. If your host hasn't given you the key (it will be between 4 and 16 characters long) then you won't be able to join the match. Keys are case-sensitive, so make sure you enter them carefully.
  • Click Accept. If you are trying to join after the match has already started, you'll see an error message. And if you manage to join but then get kicked out, this is usually because the match has already reached its 100-player maximum capacity.
  • Finally, click Play, and wait for the match to begin.

Experiencing matchmaking errors in Fortnite can be frustrating. However, there are several steps that you can take to try and fix the issue. Firstly, ensure that your game and system are up to date. Secondly, check your network connection and verify game files as these can often cause the issue.

Additionally, communicating with Epic Games support and seeking advice from the community can help identify and resolve any persistent issues. With patience and persistence, you can get back to enjoying Fortnite's matchmaking system and all the fun it has to offer.

That's all we have for you on how to fix matchmaking in Fortnite. For more guides on the game, check out how to find out if Fortnite is down and how to fix unable to join party.

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