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The Game That’s Sweeping The Nation

By Albert Casilla, Mark Stevens and Junior Zumba

 

The game “Fortnite” has been one of the biggest trends of this year. With its recent “Boogie Down” challenge even overtaking President Donald Trump on Twitter’s trending list. So, the big question stands, what has made the somewhat simple concept game so popular?

 

How did Fortnite become popular?

A large portion of Fortnite’s success has been due to the diversity of the game’s availability. From PS4 and Xbox, to even mobile users the game offers a very large platform for its many gamers to play on. Speaking of the large platform, money is also not an issue when regarding Fortnite, as the game is totally free to play. Besides unnecessary cosmetic purchases such as skin models, anyone and everyone is able to play this game online. Though the rapid success of this game did not come without hard work from both Epic Games, the developers of the game and its very own community. The game had come a long way from where it is now, its origins date all the way back to 2011, when it was revealed as a co-op zombie shooter with a base-building system that let you craft intricate structures to fend off the undead. After a plethora of teasers, trailers and postponements, the game had finally been released in March 2017. Around this time, another one of Epic Game’s creations PUBG, or Player Unknown Battlegrounds, was popular.

 

What is the objective of Fortnite?

Speaking of PUBG. it is known for introducing the idea of Fortnite’s renowned “battle royale” system, which is the system of 100 players being placed onto a large map (island) to duke it out until one winner is chosen. Players scavenged for supplies such as bandages, weapons and others to survive, giving a very Hunger Games-esque feel to the game. The game was very popular and had ended up selling tens of millions of copies in the process. “In a way, battle royale is kind of like the kid’s playground game tag, so it’s actually based on a very old real-world game,” said Lewis Ward, research director of gaming and AR/VR at market research firm IDC. “For whatever reason, this is the type of game and social experience that gets millennials juiced.” Due to the success of PUBG, Epic Games responded understanding they could have a possible trend-setter with the system of Battle Royales. With this in mind, they released Fortnite Battle Royale in 2017. Most players were hooked on sight with this concept, as the game provided many opportunities for not so skilled players. “The key to success is that the game is ‘easy to play, difficult to master,'” said Michael Pachter, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities. “Most players quickly learn how to hide, and the game offers lots of ways to avoid conflict. It’s fast-paced, and it’s easy to get into a new match when your character is killed — so even “bad” players can have a good time for as long as they wish to play.” Many members of Epic Games credit the popularity of this game to the pure timing it had, being a similar game of PUBG released around the game’s height in popularity.

 

How does Fortnite keep growing?

Though it seems like Fortnite is not like all gaming trends. For instance, Pokemon Go was the craze for the summer, even going back to Flappy Bird which was very popular. The idea of these games provided simple concepts in gaming, but they were still very famous worldwide. However, unlike Fortnite, all these games have died out. The game also shows no sign of slowing down, and this could be largely credited to the amount of time and effort the developers have put into weekly and daily updating the game. Fortnite from what I have seen, has one of the best connections with its players, listening to many of their ideas, even replying to these and adding them into the game. Following Fortnite’s release in September, millions have picked up a copy. By December, Fortnite was catching up to PUBG having roughly half of PUBG’s all-time members but around the same people playing at the current time. In January, 15 million people had downloaded the game, totaling up to 45 million players in all. This is due to Battle Royale’s updated map, which went live on January 18th. The update added various new locations to the game world, including a motel and a big city, as well as biomes, which provided different areas with their own unique environments. What keeps this game going is a combination of several factors. The most likely reason being the amount of money the game piled up in sales. You may be asking “what sales?” as the game is free, well at least the Battle Royale mode is. Battle Royale has a level up feature through what is known as the Battle Pass. The Battle Pass is purchasable on any device for $10US and gives the consumer the opportunity to have cosmetics as in skins, customizable pickaxes, and a back bling. These items have no competitive advantage but set players apart. Furthermore, the Battle Passdoes not simply just hand out free skins for $10. You have to work for them. It can take anywhere between 75 to 150 hours to complete depending on skill and time played per day. As of February, Fortnite had earned $126,000,000 due to the Battle Pass, and its in-game currency known as V-Bucks. Playing the game with a friend (duo), or with a group (squad) makes the game even more worth playing, so what are you waiting for?!

 

It is obvious that Fortnite is a craze nowadays and shows little to no sign of slowing down, with communities evolving around it’s Twitch fanbase, with many people such as “Ninja” even attracting the attention of the game. From athletes like LeBron James referencing it, or to hip-hop stars like Drake, the game will continue to attract attention from celebrities alike.  Fortnite is for all people, and that’s what makes it popular.

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