Fortnite saw the light of dawn back in 2017 when it was first released. Though, the game consists of different game modes, including Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite: Battle Royale, it was the latter that became a worldwide success. Part of this success is due to (or a consequence off) it’s release on mobile platforms like iOS and Android devices, while Fortnite: StW is only available on Windows, macOS, PS4 and Xbox One. Developer Epic games stated that it has drawn more than 125 million players in less than one year; earning hundreds of millions of dollars each month. Maybe even more important than these figures is the cultural importance of the game, defining a generation like League of Legends and World of Warcraft did before.
Since this game was first released in 2017, there isn’t much history to go around except for the fact that the last 2 years have been Fortnite taking over the world. There can be said something about influences though. Minecraft is one notable, where the alteration of the surroundings was introduced. A huge inspiration from another cultural phenomenon is ofcourse the movie series the Hunger Games, where Battle Royale plays a central role in the story. We can point out to several other games influencing the cartoonie look, the skin obsession and the simple third person shooter fact. The Game known as Player Unknown Battlegrounds, that also has a Battle Royale mode, is a bit older than Fortnite. Players of PUGB sometimes claim Fortnite is just the children’s version their favourite game.
This is not entirely true, since the addition of adding the pickaxe that players can use to alter their surroundings is maybe a key feature of the importance of Fortnite. Metal, wood and bricks can be used to build fortifications at instant speed. Need a door or a window? No biggie, just create them within a second. The game has its own economy, based around a currency called V bucks that can be bought with actual money. With these V-Bucks, cosmetics like skins or special weapons can be purchased, cause you know, it’s cool.
The esports scene of Fortnite is still shaping up, not surprisingly in this time span. Though Epic Games is making sure they will keep their momentum, supporting Fortnite esports with more prize money than every other game ever; a hundred million for the first season. Though Fortnite is more of a streamer game of yet and there are some streamers we’d like to point out for you!
The most famous Fortnite Streamer, and perhaps by now the most famous streamer in the world, has got to be Ninja. This Ninja, also known as Richard Tyler Blevins, is the most viewed and followed streamer since the summer of 2018. With 11 million followers and around 59.000 viewers per stream. The guy didn’t start from scratch though, he has had a career in Halo 3, playing for the famous Cloud 9. For a short while he even played PUGB, but when he started streaming Fortnite, his fame really took off. Like, really took off. Together with Drake, Travis-Scott and JuJu-Smith Schuster, they broke the record of viewers on one stream. A month later, he broke this record on his own. We could go on for a while about this guy, and in the future he’ll probably give us every reason for it.
For some reason, Fortnite has an enormous attraction to athletes. Big football players like Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, Ozil from Arsenal, almost all players from Tottenham; the list goes on with football players that openly play Fortnite. And we even haven’t start mentioning the basketball or baseball players like Josh Hart and Josh Hader in the US that like the game.
2019 is seeing a surge of broadcasted and heavily supported Fortnite tournaments. Most importantly the first Fortnite World Cup, for which the qualifiers have started in the fall of 2018. As said before, a prize pool of 100.000.000 is waiting to be picked up! It will focus on solo and duo, but there will be some squad-in battles you can participate in.
Besides the official tournament, there are already a lot of Battle Royales where you can join in for €1, to win €50-100! These battles are quite popular and are ongoing continuously.