Fortnite

Founded 15 Jul 2020

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About the Game

Introduction to Fortnite battle royale
The game Fortnite Battle Royale was an instant success when it was released in 2017. Developed by the prestigious Epic Games the game has all the traits of a huge MMO and has taken the market by storm.

The massive multiplayer online (MMO) game has hooked millions of players and is free for users on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Apple portable devices. There is also a popular paid-for version, called Fortnite: Save the World, for a number of platforms.
Fortnite is a massive multiplayer online (MMO) game and millions of players are currently hooked on it. The game is free for everyone and is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Apple portable devices, and Android portable devices. Fortnite also has a popular paid-for version, Fortnite Save the World.

What is Fortnite Battle Royale?
Fortnite is inspired by a concept by the Japanese novel Battle Royale, where the last person standing is the winner.
100 players are getting dropped in random areas of the virtual world where they are free to scavenge for weapons, armor, health, nades and many more items are available in-game.
The players need to stay moving to stay in the game. Like in the novel by time the danger zone crop up across the virtual world as the battle progresses. When you get stuck in the danger zone you will slowly lose health and will get eliminated. The goal is to stay ahead of the storm and kill all the players so that you become the last man standing.

Is Fortnite free to play?

Unlike most video games on consoles and PCs, Fortnite Battle Royale is free to download and play. This means players can access all the title’s multiplayer modes and weapons without having to spend any money.
We used to that most video games are pretty costly, Fortnite Battle Royale is free to download and play. You can download the game for free on all platforms.
However, you are able to buy a premium battle pass using real money. This unlocks while leveling up in-game exclusive items and skins. You can buy this with the in-game currency V-Bucks. The battle pass only lasts one season (three months) after that you will be able to purchase a new battle pass for the new season. A battle pass is currently priced at roughly 8 euros.
The battle pass does not give the players any advantages, these are only cosmetic items. You are also able to buy items from the item shop the items shop changes daily with new items. You can buy items like skins and emotes with the V-Bucks from there. None of these items will give the player an advantage on the battlefield.
Where can I download Fortnite mobile?
There certainly is. As the game’s free-to-play economy is similar to a host of mobile titles, such as Clash of Clans, it’s no surprise that Epic Games has developed a mobile version of Fortnite.
Fortnite mobile is available on android and apple devices and you are able to have the same experience as you would have on the other available platforms. You can use the account you are using for other platforms on your mobile device with all your stats and in-game items.

Why is Fortnite so popular?
The major reason for Fortnite being so popular and successful is that the game is free to play. You don’t have to spend money to battle against or with your friends. If you compare this to games like Call of Duty or Battlefield where you need to spend between €50 and €120 before you are able to play the game, depending on the version of the game you want.
Another reason is that the game is cross platform, you are literally able to play with your friends when you are on playstation and he is on his Iphone or any other platform.
Obviously it also helps that famous people like rapper Drake are loving the game. He even livestreams the game once in a while and joined most popular Fornite streamer Ninja a couple of times on his stream. The game is massively popular youtube and twitch the game generates millions and millions of views.
The last reason that Fornite is so popular is that the visual style of the game is far less violent than other online shooters. This makes is interesting for casual and professional video gamers.

Is Fortnite an eSport?
Is Fortnite an eSport is a question that is still up for debate. Epic games is funding a $100 million in prize money for 2018 - 2019. Epic games said the following when releasing the statement about the prize money ‘’We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different - we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.”
The biggest eSport in terms of prize money was Valve’s DOTA 2 game they paid out $38 million in prize money over 2017. So clearly Fortnite prize pool is huge compared to the rest of the eSport scene and a lot of people get the chance to compete for a huge prize pool.
However, there is still a lot of discussions if Fortnite can already be considered as a real eSport. In regular eSports, the variables are not as random as you get them in a battle royale game. Every time you drop somewhere on the map the items you find are random. This means the one time you will have the best weapons/items and the other time you might have the worst weapons/items. In other eSport games like counter strike, overwatch or DOTA 2 everyone has the same variables to use and from there you build a strategy to win.
Currently, the tournaments are getting huge viewer numbers and it seems to be a success but the discussion keeps going if Fortnite or Battle royale games, in general, are suited for eSports.