Many windows users who are passionate about the game called Fortnite Battle Royale, have reported that recently they have been facing an issue that is when they tried launching the game, it threw an error window. This window says Fortnite is currently unavailable and please try again later with the error code LS-0016.
The users are very disappointed because of this as they are unable to continue playing the game they wanted. The reasons that could have the potential to cause this type of error are changes in the DNS server address settings, modified IP address, etc. Therefore, we have compiled a few solutions that might help in fixing this issue so the users can get back to their game.
Fix 1 – Reset the IP address and flush the DNS cache
Step 1: Press the Windows key and R key simultaneously to open the Run command box.
Step 2: Type cmd in the textbox of the Run box and press the CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER keys to open the command prompt as admin.
NOTE: You have to accept the UAC prompt by clicking Yes to proceed.
Step 3: Type the following command given below and then press Enter key to execute it.
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
Step 4: After executing it, copy and paste the below line and hit Enter key.
netsh winsock reset
Step 5: Now flush the DNS cache by typing ipconfig /flushdns and pressing Enter key.
Step 6: After all these commands are executed, close the command prompt and restart your system so that all the changes take effect.
Fix 2 – Edit the DNS Server address
Step 1: To open the Run command box, press the Windows + R keys together.
Step 2: Copy and paste the below command in the textbox of the Run box and press Enter key to open the Network Connections page.
Step 3: This opens up the Network Connections window.
Step 4: Select the network adapter that you are using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet Cable.
Step 5: Right-click on it and tap on Properties from the context menu as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 6: In the Properties window, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and tap on Properties as shown below.
Step 7: Now the Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties window opens.
Step 8: In the General tab, click on the radio button named Use the following DNS server addresses.
Step 9: Enter the values 22.214.171.124 in the Preferred DNS server.
Step 10: After that, enter the values 126.96.36.199 in the Alternate DNS server and click OK.
Fix 3 – Restart the EpicGamesLauncher app
Step 1: Open the Task Manager on your system by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys together on the keyboard.
Step 2: Click on the Processes tab just to make sure you are on it.
Step 3: Then, right-click on the EpicGamesLauncher app from the apps list as shown below.
Step 4: Select End Task from the context menu as shown in the below image.
Step 5: After it is closed, open the EpicGamesLauncher app by pressing the Windows key and typing epic games launcher.
Step 6: Select the Epic Games Launcher app from the search results.
Step 7: This will open up the Epic Games Launcher app on the system.
Check if this helped in fixing the issue.
Fix 4 – Verify the Fortnite Game Update
Step 1: Please open the Epic Games Launcher app on the system by pressing the Windows key and typing epic games launcher.
Step 2: Then select Epic Games Launcher app from the results as shown below.
Step 3: Once it is opened, go to Library which is located at the top left menu as shown below.
Step 4: Click three vertical dots of the Fortnite game to see more options.
Step 5: Select Verify from the list and also make sure to click on the Auto update toggle button to enable it as shown below.
Step 6: Wait till it finishes the verification of the latest update of the game.
Now, this issue must be solved.
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