Fortnite – “Failed to Initialize Battleye Service: Generic Error” Fix (2018) Windows 10

The “Failed to Initialize BattlEye Service: Generic Error” problem is caused by the BattlEye anti-cheat service (used by a number of popular games).

Whilst BattlEye is shipped with the likes of Fortnite, PUBG etc – most people have no idea what it is or why it’s showing an error.

It’s basically a piece of software which prevents hacking from games. Because games are connected to the Internet, gaming PC’s are often targeted by malware distributors, hackers and spammers – many attempting to infect your PC with harmful software.

Despite remaining somewhat hidden, the BattlEye service is essential for the likes of Fortnite to run. If you’re seeing errors with it, it’s likely that the software didn’t install correctly. PUBG Nicknames

Causes

The error message shows as follows:

Failed to Initialize BattlEye Service: Generic Error

The reason why it shows is because of the “BattlEye” service.

In Windows, a “service” is basically an application which runs constantly in the background – allowing other programs to read + write to various deeper level aspects of the OS.

Whilst the error doesn’t have any specific cause, with Fortnite, it’s almost always the result of the BattlEye service not correctly installing – preventing the game from loading the files required to get it running.

To fix the problem, you need to be able to fix any of the core issues that will be preventing its initialization.

Solution

The steps to fix the error are actually relatively simple (and widely documented) – reinstall BattlEye, make sure Fortnite is running properly and then that Windows is able to read all the files it requires…

1. Reinstall BattlEye

The most important step is to reinstall BattlEye.

This is done by browsing to the Fortnite folder and clicking on the uninstallation BAT file:

  • Press “Windows” + “E” keys on your keyboard
  • Browse to “C:/Program Files/Epic Games/Fortnite/FortniteGame/Binaries/BattlEye”
  • Click on the “Uninstall_BattlEye.bat” file
  • Let the CMD script run

This will *remove* the service from your system.

  • After doing this, load the Epic Games Launcher and click onto the Fortnite tab.
  • Next to the green “launch” button, you’ll see a small “cog” icon – Click it
  • From the drop-down menu, select “Verify”
  • Let the game update / verify as required

The verification process should re-install the BattlEye service for you.

After it completes, try the game again – if it works, you’ll want to

2. Run Fortnite As Administrator

Secondly, the next step is to run Fortnite as an Administrator.