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Fortnite – Error Code 1058/20006 (Error loading Fortnite)

Fortnite runs on Unreal Engine, both products of Epic Games.

While Fortnite obviously contains a lot of proprietary code, it also relies on a number of third-party apps to help it function properly.

One of them is the “EasyAntiCheat” service, which is provided by a third-party company.

The error you are seeing is the result of the “EasyAntiCheat” service not starting correctly, either because your antivirus quarantined its files or because it became damaged or corrupted through an update.

To resolve the issue, you should be able to repair your installation and remove any of the corrupted files that may be causing you to display the error…


There are a number of potential causes for the error 1058/20006included:

  • EasyAntiCheat does not load correctly
  • Windows update not installed correctly
  • Fortnite not running with the correct files

While there could be more causes, the above will solve 95% of the cases of the problem.

The error message will usually include the following:

Launch error (20006)

Could not start the game

Please help us by reporting this problem:

Error code 20006 (Cannot create service (StartService failed: 2))


Obviously, the main way to fix the problem is to fix the EasyAntiCheat package (although there are several other steps as well):

1. Fix EasyAntiCheat

The first step, and the one most likely to be successful, is to repair the component.

This can be done by clicking on the Fortnite folder on your hard drive and deleting any of the files that may be inside.

To do this, you can use the following steps:

  • Press the “Windows” + “E” keys on your keyboard (loads Windows Explorer)
  • Navigate to “C:/Program Files/Epic Games/Fortnite/FortniteGame/Binaries/Win64/EasyAntiCheat”
  • Click on “EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe”
  • It should load an installation system: click “Repair Service”
  • Once complete, it will be better to restart your PC and then try to play Fortnite again.

If this fixes the problem, you should be able to enjoy Fortnite to the fullest now.

If it doesn’t fix the problem, you’ll need to try to resolve any additional issues that may be causing it to display.

2. Verify Fortnite files

The following method basically allows us to “repair” the installation of Fortnite without having to download it again.

It is especially beneficial if you are looking to get the game working properly again:

  • Navigate to “C:/Program Files/Epic Games/Fortnite/FortniteGame/Binaries/Win64/”
  • Remove “FortniteClient-Win64-Shipping.exe”
  • Click on the epic games launcher
  • In “Fortnite”, select the “gear” on the “Start” button
  • From the dropdown menu, select “Verify”
  • This should reinstall the game as needed.

Once this is complete, reboot your system and the game *should* start working again.

3. Clean Windows installation files

Finally, if you’re still experiencing the error, it probably means there’s a deeper problem with Windows.

The best way to fix this is to run the “SFC” (System File Checker) application, which fixes any core problems with the Windows subsystem.

Using this is relatively simple:

  • Press the “Windows” + “S” keys on your keyboard
  • Type “CMD” and press “Enter”
  • When the list of results appears, right click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”
  • When the black screen loads, type the following:
  • SFC /scan now
  • Press “Enter”
  • Reboot your system after completing

While this should work to fix the bugs you’ve been experiencing, there may be more issues that are preventing Fortnite from working properly.

If you still can’t get the game running, you should seek help from someone with more specific knowledge of your system.

The best (cheapest) way to do this is to go to one of the online support communities (SuperUser, Microsoft Answers) and ask for help there. If you need a more direct solution, you’re better off talking to someone with real experience with your system, which is where the local PC repair guys come in, or the freelancers on Fiverr and the like.

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