Fortnite: Everything You Need to Know
First announced in 2011, Epic Games’ Fortnite was not met with as much excitement as the gaming company hoped. Even after its full release in July 2017, Fortnite’s initial mode, Fortnite: Save the World, did not gain that much traction. But, months later, Epic Games would make a move that would change the gaming landscape forever.
Borrowing some of the PVP elements prominently featured in the progenitor of the Battle Royale genre, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and blending this with seamlessly with Minecraft-like building mechanics, with more child-friendly and cartoonish graphics to boot, Epic Games released Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Released in September 2017, Fortnite: Battle Royale has quickly risen atop the charts.
Even though it is a free-to-play game, Fortnite: Battle Royale reportedly made Epic Games an estimated $2.4 billion in revenue in 2018.
Read on more to find out everything you need to know about Fortnite: Battle Royale, or from here on out, just Fortnite.
How Does Fortnite Generate So Much Revenue?
Fortnite makes a lot of money from microtransactions. The game essentially revolves around incentivizing players to spend money on in-game items, mostly for cosmetic purposes.
With literally hundreds of cosmetics to choose from, players can freely express themselves through their characters in Fortnite. Not only that, but Fortnite also has an incredibly rewarding progression system.
The Battle Pass, which is available for 950 V-Bucks ($9.50), unlocks a series of challenges and unique rewards that gamers can earn simply by playing the game within a span of 10 weeks. After the 10 weeks has ended, a new competitive season is announced, and players will then have to buy a new Battle Pass to unlock that said season’s challenges and rewards.
While there is a “free” version of Battle Pass, the challenges and rewards are severely limited. Things can get stale really quickly if your character remains relatively the same after dozens of hours of playing.
As such, even if it is not necessary, Epic Games has managed to create a steady stream of income with the Battle Pass, which goes a long way in keeping players engaged.
How Do You Play Fortnite?
Fortnite was originally available only on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC. However, due to its popularity, it was later ported to iOS and Android Devices, as well as the Nintendo Switch. It’s worth noting that Fortnite is one of the few games that successfully advocated and implemented cross-platform play.
Being a Battle Royale game, in Fortnite, 100 players drop out from a floating bus into a set location. Fortnite currently only has one map, which has since received massive changes following the Fortnite: Chapter 2 update in October 2019.
As players land, they must do battle against each other until only one player is left alive. To that end, players can find weapons and ammo scattered all over the map. However, to force engagement and discourage camping, a circle forms after every three minutes where everything outside of the “safe zone” created will receive damage until they die or get inside the “safe zone”.
Also different from other Battle Royale titles is the building mechanic in Fortnite.
In the game, players can build a variety of structures using materials that they can either pick-up or gather all over the map. Structures can range from anything including ramps, walls, floors, and combined altogether, even an entire building if a player or a group of players ever so desires.
Fortnite currently consists of three main game modes, with an ever-changing set of additional game modes. The three main game modes are Solo (1 player), Duos (2 players), and Squad (4 players).
Regardless of the main game mode played, the goal in Fornite remains the same — be the last player (or squad) standing.
What is the Fortnite Competitive Scene Like?
Even though it was initially looked at as a casual game, Fortnite quickly became a competitive title that later on received its very own annual tournament, the Fortnite World Cup, which concluded in July 2019 and featured a then-recording-setting $30 million prize pool.
Initially, the Fortnite competitive scene was composed of streamers. However, later on, organizations decided to pick-up players who were dedicated in getting better at the game instead of entertaining viewers.
The go-to modes of choice for competitive games in Fortnite are Solo and Duos.
A total of 40 million players attempted to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup. There were numerous qualifying events across six regions in the months prior to the event. The regions included NA East, NA West, Europe, Brazil, Asia, and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).
From those 40 million players, a total of 150 players moved on to qualify for the main event at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York.
16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf would go on to win the Fortnite World Cup and take home the $3 million Grand Prize for the Solo portion of the event. Meanwhile, the duo of Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pederson and David “Aqua” Wang, would walk away with another $3 million for winning the Duos tournament.
What’s Next for Fortnite?
Epic Games are currently in the middle of arguably Fortnite’s biggest update yet.
Many of Fortnite’s gameplay and mechanics were changed because of the recent update, which means that it will be quite some time before we hear any update regarding what their plans are for Fortnite World Cup 2020.
Given the success of the first Fortnite World Cup though, it’s safe to assume that Fortnite World Cup 2020 is going to happen.
The only question now is when, where, and more importantly, how much will be on the line?