CARY – Epic Games says it is testing a fix for a recenly discovered “bug” in its Game Launcher app that has been blamed for some computers to run hot when in use and even drawing on machine resources even when idle.

The Epic Game Launcher is similar to other launcher apps. Explains PCMag: “An app launcher replaces the stock user interface for organizing the home screen and app icons predominantly in the Android world; however, they are also available for jailbroken iPhones.”

Epic was alerted to the heat/CPU problems by readers at reddit, according to tech news site Tom’s Hardware.

The launcher “was unnecessarily consuming CPU resources, which also resulted in unwanted temperature spikes, even when systems were idle and not updating a game. In addition, as we reported, it was also noted that the Epic Games Launcher app was sending a fair amount of traffic from host machines to multiple servers, again, even when the app was idle,” the news site reported.

Sergey Galyonkin, director of publishing strategy at Epic, tweeted on Dec. 26 that the problem was identified as a “bug.” And on Tuesday he said a fix was being tested.

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