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Fortnite Private Match: How to Start Custom Match?

If you want to take your Fortnite game with the crew to the next level, then you should check the Fortnite custom match feature! Follow this step-by-step guide on how to make a custom Match in Fortnite and the best out of the gameplay with your team. 

How to Make a Custom Match in Fortnite

To begin with, you’ll need to have some buddies who play Fortnite. Jokes aside, first of all, you’ll need to get your Epic Games Support-A-Creator affiliate keys. For this fill in the affiliate form and have over 1000 followers on your social media. Or if you don’t have, you can always find a friend who has. When you get the confirmation email, your profile will be officially entitled by the Fortnite Competitive Team to run private matches. 

Keep in mind that only 100 players can join at a time and all of them must be from the same region. Hopefully, Epic Games will soon make this feature available globally. With that said let’s get to the fun part. 

How to Start a Private Match

Now that you are officially a Creator and you’ve enabled the 2FA on host account(s) make a double check if you are on the right server region. 

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This is very important. Otherwise, your match won’t start. The same goes for the player you want to invite for this match. You should all be in the same region, meaning you’ll have the same Fortnite private server. 

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How to host a Private Match

  1. To put in the custom key for your Fortnite custom matchmaking find the option to change. Then click on the Change button.  
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  1. At the right bottom of your screen, you’ll see Custom options. Click on it. 
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  1. Then you’ll need to fill in your custom matchmaking key or, in other words, your password. Note that the password must contain 4-16 characters without special characters. When streaming, make sure to hide your password. Otherwise, you may have to face many unwanted guests. 
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  1. You’ll see the game mode options. 
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Tip: You can put on Fill on Duo and Squads, regardless of whether you have a team or not. In case someone comes in Solo and you have a Trio, the person can join up with you. 

  1. Click Accept and then you can click Play and wait for the other players to join. 
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Important note: As soon as the players get the key, they must join the private match. Because when they try joining the match after it has started an error message will occur.

How to join a Fortnite private match    

  1. Once again ensure you are in the same server region as the host. If the game won’t let you in, the issue is that you’re in different regions from the host. 
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  1. Choose your Game mode at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Here you’ll also need to type your Matchmaking Key. 
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Note: Be careful how you type it. The password is sensitive to upper and lower cases. 

  1. Click on Play and wait in the queue for the start of the match. 

FAQ on Fortnite private matchmaking 

Q: Can you kick a player from the private match?
A: Nope. You’ll have to be aware of who you give the password to and who you let in the game lobby. There is no black list. 

Q: Can the settings be adjusted within the private match (e.g. storm settings, weapon drop rates)? 
A: No. Private matches are only limited to the available playlists that exist in the live playlist select screen. For example, you may not host a private match using the Blitz Limited Time Mode if the Blitz Limited Time Mode is not live and available on the playlist select screen.

Q: How can one obtain his logs?A: Press Windows Key+R -> Type “appdata” -> Press Enter -> Navigate through the following path: ‘Local > FortniteGame > Saved > Logs’


Hopefully, this walkthrough guide gave you enough information. If still, issues continue to occur, please check all the notes given again. Often the reason is the server region and also the incorrect password. So, just make sure you follow every step carefully. In the worst-case scenario, you can always report back to Epic Games with errors. To do this you’ll have to provide them the logs, both of the host and the player.

Have great gameplay with your team and friends! 

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