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Fortnite – How To Create & Play Private Custom Game?

Read this guide to learn how to create and play a Custom game in Fortnite.

The ability to create a private custom match in Fortnite is great if you are a content creator and wish to record videos or take part in tournaments in the game. This makes custom matches quite lucrative for many players, with many wanting to know how they can start their very own private custom games. If you are one of the many who are wondering how they can do so, we have got just the guide for you. Here, we will walk you through all of the steps you need to take in order to start and play your very own custom game inside Fortnite.

How to Make Private Custom Game in Fortnite?


Before you head into creating and playing a private custom match in Fortnite, you need to ensure you have enabled two-factor authentication for your account. Additionally, you need to make sure you have permission from Epic Games to host private games. The players that you intend to include in your custom games need to be from the same region as you too.

Once you satisfy all of these conditions, you need to get into Fortnite’s lobby screen. Next, you need to head to the bottom right corner of the screen. Here, you can pick your choice of the match (Solo, Duo, Trio, Squads)

Once you do so, head to the bottom right of the screen again and click on Custom Options. Here, you can pick your preferences according to your individual choice.

After you do so, generate a Custom Matchmaking Key (we will explain how to set it up later in this guide, so stay tuned). Next, click on Accept. Now, just click on Play and wait for all the players to join.

Once all your players join the custom game, simply click on Start Match. And that’s it. With these simple steps, you will be up and running with your very own private custom game in Fortnite.

How to Gain Access to Custom Matchmaking Keys in Fortnite?

In order to get access to Custom Matchmaking Keys for private games in Fortnite, you need to apply for the Support-A-Creator Program. This process can take some time, as Epic Games will first determine if you are actually eligible for the program.

Once you do get approved, you will be able to generate your own keys and host games.

However, you will be pleased to know that you can also participate in Custom games without being a part of the Support-A-Creator program. You can do so by accepting a key from the host of a private game.

Now that you know how to get the keys, let us take a look at how you can set it up.

How to Use and Set up Custom Matchmaking Keys?

Since Custom Matchmaking Keys are the only way you can gain access to a custom game in Fortnite, it is important you learn how to use and set it up. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when you set up these keys.

  • Your Custom Matchmaking Keys in Fortnite need to have anywhere between 4 to 16 characters.
  • You cannot use special characters for the keys.
  • You need to hide the code when streaming in order to prevent unwanted players from joining your private game.

We recommend you send your keys to the players you wish to invite via Discord or through other forms of private messaging. If your invited friend gets an error message when joining your match, it means your match is too full to accommodate any more players.

So there you have it. This is all you need to know about private custom games in Fortnite and how to set them up. As you can see, if you get approved by the Support-A-Creator program, you will immediately gain the ability to host your very own private custom games in Fortnite. Until then, you can always take part in these games as long as you receive a key from someone in the program.

Now that you know how to create and play your very own custom game, take a look at our guide on How to Level Up Fast in Fortnite Chapter 3.