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Unread 14th June, 2020, 09:12 AM
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Default Epic's utmasterserver not running?

This kind of thing has happened before. Maybe I'm the only one who cares anymore about a 21 year old game.(?)

Nah - that can't be it. My ut99 server gets new players all the time. Well, not tonight anyway.

What happened?:
Logs show that my UT99 server sees no problem registering at That url is registered in DNS and resolves to:

So far so good. Except that the server receives back a "ICMP Port unreachable" response for each packet sent to port 27900. (Apparently the gameserver doesn't care about responses to it's beacons)

My audit logs show this ICMP response first began on June 11, at 06:24:25pm and continues at this time.

I've not played UT in a week, but tonight the ingame browser resolves to the same ip,, however there is no response to queries - and the requests time out. The in-game browser displays the error: "Master Server Failed: Timeout talking to the master server"
So, this is not quite the same old problem of forgetting to re-register those domains.

Epic's Update Server continues to respond to requests for utmotd436.html, utmasterserver.txt, and utircserver.txt.

Unfortunately, Epic's utmasterserver.txt file still lists as a fallback factory. This should not prevent Epic's from continuing to work. However, it does imply some neglect as Gamespy shut down May 2014.

If this continues for a few more days, I'll try reporting the issue to Epic directly as before. However, folks there often watch for posts here. (or they used to...)

Last edited by 50BMG : 14th June, 2020 at 09:15 AM.
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Unread 15th June, 2020, 04:37 PM
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Any news yet? can't find anything on the epicgames forums about this
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Unread 15th June, 2020, 05:20 PM
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This is for the players!

Open your games configuration file, usually gamename.ini (unrealtournament.ini), find the sections below and edit them as described:

This is also very important to make sure that the updateserver does not mix up your settings.

Save your config and browse through the game as fast as light can't get []

This is for servers!

Stop your server and open the server's configuration file, usually gamename.ini (unrealtournament.ini)

Go to


and delete these lines:

ServerActors=IpServer.UdpServerUplink MasterServerPort=27900
ServerActors=IpServer.UdpServerUplink MasterServerPort=27900
replace them with

ServerActors=IpServer.UdpServerUplink MasterServerPort=27900
ServerActors=IpServer.UdpServerUplink MasterServerPort=27900
ServerActors=IpServer.UdpServerUplink MasterServerPort=27900
Now your server is ready for 333networks. It will uplink to epicgames, 333networks and

LINUX users please note: The maximum numbers for uplinks is actually 3 (in some cases it is 4). Do NOT exceed the limit or your server will immediately crash.

More information can be found here:[/quote]
Files for UT99 utfiles All new releases and updates are listed here All news
Most popular is UnrealTournament-V3 With over 14000 visits to date.It is an optimized UT99 to download.
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Unread 15th June, 2020, 09:16 PM
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@medor - Thank you, but I already fixed my problems by another means. I was attempting to see if anyone had any idea about helping Epic's with theirs, or discovering if they have just ditched us ut99 'ers.

@soulreaver - yeah, that's pretty typical of Epic. They don't seem to have any QC checks in place that would tell them their entire means of gaming is offline. In 2010 it was hard for me to believe that I actually had to figure out for them why it wasn't working. I mean - I got a nice gift out of it and all, but really?

The guys at have done a great job re-inventing a Master Server, but I was surprised to see they haven't put up an Update Server of their own?
This is the "Simpler" method I alluded to above - it requires only the addition of a new ini section with hardly any complexity. I looked on their website to see where to send them a note, but it wasn't clear. The Update Server method has the advantage that it maintains a list of Master Servers each time a UT Client looks, so it can be maintained / altered as things evolve once for everyone in the UT community.
Epic did it for years, and it's how the NEWS page and irc chat info are current too. (though Epic's isn't) 2399Skills and I spent a bit of time paving this road in case it came up again, but I see is offline too.

If someone could point me to whom I could contact at 333' I'll show them what's required, assuming they don't already know and have ruled it out for some reason. (?)

I'm still hopeful Epic will wake up, but if they don't at least they could add "" to their own Update Server's Master Server list and remove "GameSpy" which died in 2014. (-Talk about neglect)

I sometimes wonder if anyone on Epic's I.T. side has any idea how this stuff works. (or cares if it does)

I am so despondent to be here AGAIN dealing with the same problem.

If I don't hear back, I'll just post the INI change to let peeps use my Update Server till word gets around.

Update: Here's the 2010 thread in case you are looking for amusement. Links to the support thread on Epic's boards are now broken.

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Unread 18th June, 2020, 03:58 AM
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Default Epic's Master Servers restored today...

It appears that Epic's Master Servers stopped rejecting incoming server Beacons after 11:28:56 EDT today. In-game browsers now find these Master Servers and again see over 600 UT Gameservers.

Thank you Epic!

On the chance that someone at Epic is reading this, would it be too much to ask that be removed from your Update Server's utmasterserver.txt list?

We'd like to suggest that it be replaced by - a member of's effort at providing an "Open" community backup Master Server.

Thank You.

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Unread 27th August, 2020, 02:05 AM
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Default is just broken. The forums still work though.

Haven't had time to fix it. Well, other than the lack of php knowledge that is.

Get your files
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Unread 9th September, 2020, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by 2399Skillz View Post is just broken. The forums still work though.

Haven't had time to fix it. Well, other than the lack of php knowledge that is.
Hey, dog, long time no see.

Hope all is well.

I just put an oldtimey UT 99 GMC server online for the hell of it
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