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Don’t worry, your Fortnite skins and V-Bucks are safe during the blackout

Fortnite has been sucked into a black hole and players have no idea when it’s coming back

Fortnite characters and a big ol’ treasure box Epic Games
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Over 24 hours ago, Fortnite’s map got sucked into a black hole. The game went offline shortly after — instead of a game, Fortnite is just an unplayable black hole. Players think the game will come back online tomorrow, but no one’s really sure.

Some players are coping with the loss by making memes. Others are spending their time worrying that the money they’ve put into the game has gone to waste — that the black hole may have sucked up their V-Bucks and skins. Epic Games hasn’t said much of anything since the game went offline, but Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all issued statements on Fortnite’s disappearance.

“Please be assured that your inventory items and V-Bucks are secure during the Fortnite Blackout,” Sony tweeted from the @AskPlayStation account. Nintendo opened up its own support page, noting that all Fortnite game modes are “currently unavailable for play.” It echoed Sony’s statement: Your V-Bucks and banana skins are safe. Over on the Microsoft Xbox website, Fortnite is listed as “limited” on the Xbox Live status page. Players can click a button to be notified when the game goes back online.

It feels hard to believe that anyone really thinks Fortnite is gone forever, but it’s understandable why players are nervous. Tons of people have invested hundreds of dollars into the game, whether it’s for skins or anything else.