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What On Earth Is Fortnite?

What On Earth Is Fortnite?

For those of you who don’t know: Possibly the biggest video game in the world.

Many of us at The Sitch either don’t play video games or have not played them in over a decade. We probably couldn’t tell you what the latest version of the PlayStation is, what the latest Call of Duty is called or any other interested innovations happening in the gaming community. For those who are similar to us in this light or those who have simply been living under a rock for a bit might not know about or have even heard of the game Fortnite.

Simply stated, Fortnite is a free multiplayer game that spans across Xbox, PlayStation, Mac and Windows platforms that has been the biggest thing since sliced bread within the gaming community. Released in 2017, the game pits you against 99 other players in a crazy battle royal for survival where the last person standing is the winner.

 Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Photo courtesy of Epic Games

The style of the game is colorful and cartoony. You’re able to develop a character, have an array of different weapons and also have the ability to build up and destroy forts all over a massive landscape. Developed by Epic Games and based on the same engine as Gears of War, Fortnite is available in two versions. Fornite: Save the World (otherwise known as Fornite) is the version that costs $29.99 and then there’s Fortnite: Battle Royale, which is a freemium version that allows people to purchase various upgrades, such as outfits, weapons and other items that help throughout the game.

 Photo courtesy of VG247

Photo courtesy of VG247

Trying your hand at basic survival, you’ll have the choice to play solo or on a team.  With over 40 million people playing, it won’t be hard finding people to battle against or a clan to be a part of. Each game lasts about 20 minutes unless of course, you die before it ends. Epic Games just took down the game’s new Playground mode yesterday in order to add a plethora of new features, including team selection, aim assist and traps.

Everyone seems to be playing the game. From the England football team to Kyle Jackson, the youngest professional Fortnite player (age 13) and Drake, who recently went live with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins on streaming service Twitch, gathering over 635,000 viewers. 

The game doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. It’s also been reported to be making upwards of $126 million a month in revenue, surpassing its primary rival PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which only made $103 million in revenue last February. The Fortnite YouTube channel also has 2.5 million followers and there are thousands of user-generated videos across the platform, mostly amassing the hundreds of thousands to millions of views each.

It’s crazy to see how rapidly the gaming community can change in so little time. If you’ve played Fortnite or know someone who does, then let us know in the comments section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Sitch for more gaming content and other entertaining reads.

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