Fortnite is a battle royale game where a large group of players fight for survival against each other.
It’s chaotic, exhilarating and most importantly fun to play this instead of the traditional game modes that already dominate the gaming industry. The game is easy to play even for people who have not delved into video games before.
While there are other battle royale games available like Player Unknown’s Battleground and H1Z1, what makes Fortnite stand out is the colourful cartoonish graphics as well as being able to build forts to protect yourself from incoming enemies.
Epic Games released Fortnite in July 2017 as a paid co-op survival game but later released the battle royale mode for free in September which has seen a rise in the number of players since. But they will release the co-op game for free in 2018.
Since then celebrities and sports stars expanded Fortnite’s popularity and more players are playing for commercial use by broadcasting it on YouTube, Twitch and other streaming platforms like a player known as Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, made more than $500,000 USD a month.
Epic Games also released the game on IOS and later plan to release it on Android phones which could have cross-platform capabilities but they already exist between different consoles and PC.
So why should we be sceptical of Fortnite’s rise in popularity?
Fortnite consistently updates every season that occurs after a couple of months with new weapons, different tweaks to existing weapons and slightly changing the map but it does get repetitive even after several wins.
However, there are different type of game modes available like singles, duos and 4 player squads. Also for a limited period of time there are unique modes like only snipers and revolvers or large teams facing each other.
Not long ago, Pokémon Go took the world by surprise with people from different backgrounds, generations and continents playing the same game.
The game brought out our inner child but like a child’s attention span, we got bored after a while so there has been an exponential decrease in the number of active players. So Fortnite will experience the same fall from grace as Pokémon Go.
Other games such as Battlefield and Call of Duty are planning to release battle royale modes to take advantage of the battle royale crave which means more competition for Fortnite.