You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Fortnite’ PS4 Accounts Won’t Work on Switch (Update)

PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform.

Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. Neither the ‘Fortnite’ website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play ‘Fortnite’ on Switch, please create a new account.”

“PlayStation, please fix this. Not allowing me to sign-in to ‘Fortnite’ Switch with my Epic account because it’s linked to PS4 is tone deaf and points more to fear than market dominance,” Miller wrote. “It does the opposite of what you want — it makes me think about moving to Xbox for ‘Fortnite.'”

Switch owners can play with others on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and mobile devices, according to Epic Games PR manager Nick Chester on Twitter.

This is not the first time Sony has refused to work with other companies to support online games. Last year, when Microsoft announced it was bringing cross-play to all versions of “Minecraft,” Sony chose not to play ball. It later defended the decision to Eurogamer and said it was to protect younger gamers.

“We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base,” PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan said at the time. “‘Minecraft’ — the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

Update: Variety contacted Epic Games and Sony to ask if they’re working on this issue. Epic Games refused to comment. Sony did not immediately respond.

More Gaming

  • Call of Duty Endowment Finds Jobs

    Call of Duty Endowment Finds Jobs For 50,000 Veterans

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

  • 'The Grand Tour Game' Trailer Shows

    Amazon Games' 'The Grand Tour Game' Trailer Shows Off New Seamless Transitions

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

  • "Black Ops IV" Is Best 'Call

    Video Game Review: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops IV'

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

  • Latest 'The Sims Freeplay' Update Adds

    Latest 'The Sims Freeplay' Update Adds Augmented Reality Feature

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

  • Uproar Over 'Red Dead Redemption 2'

    'Red Dead Redemption 2's' 100-Hour Work Weeks Spark Video Game Industry Outrage

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Challenges Coming

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Esports Challenges Coming to 'Minecraft'

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

  • 'Diablo III'-Themed Nintendo Switch Bundle Hits

    'Diablo III'-Themed Nintendo Switch Bundle Hits Next Month

    PlayStation 4 owners who are trying to log into “Fortnite” on Switch are finding their accounts won’t work on Nintendo’s platform. Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller posted a screen grab of the error message. “Login failed,” it reads. “This ‘Fortnite’ account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content