With the recent advancement of technology, millions of people around the globe are switching to playing online interactive games. With more and more people preferring to play battleground games, it is no surprise that Fortnite by Epic Games has made its place in the hearts of millions. Imagine being one of the remaining 2% of the human population; being the Hero, saving the world from zombies, and rebuilding the civilization – it is everything the game provides the players with. Since its release in July 2017, it has amassed a huge number of followers, owing to its captivating storyline, cool graphics of the map of a world laden with danger, a wide range of weapons, and a unique style of gameplay.
Here Are A Few Lesser-known Facts About This Popular Game:
- The story behind the name:
The name is a double entendre. On one hand, it is a play on the word “fortnight”, an archaic term for a “two-week period”, because in the hardest mode of the game, the player needs to last for 14 days as waves of monsters poured over, while on the other hand, it is an acronym for the stats that govern the character’s abilities, i.e. Fortitude, Offense, Resistance, and Tech.
- Intolerance to cheaters:
It is a well-known hack that gamers follow where they obtain various cheat codes online and use them to pass various levels in the game. Epic Games has been very public about not supporting this by keeping the players in check. There have been cases of players being banned from playing, and even being sued in the court. The most controversial one was when one of the sued players turned out to be a 14-year-old!!
- Culture of popular celebratory dances:
The massive fandom of the game has inspired players on the field to incorporate victory dances after winning tournaments, like in the gaming interface. A recent Bleachers Report documents soccer and rugby players celebrating their post-goal or win in the tournament with the victory dances from the game.
- Rare skins in the game:
No wonder they say “Dress for the job you want”. While it is true that skins are strictly cosmetic and don’t determine the gameplay, a player sporting the stock-standard skin is flagged as an n00b. For example, a player with a Black Knight skin, which was only available as a reward to players passing the Season 2 challenges, would be looked upon as an experienced player. Likewise, one can pretend to be “almost” as badass as Keanu Reeves as John Wick if they manage to unlock “The Reaper” skin, as a reward for achieving 100 tier in Season 3.
- THE famous match:
The match that broke the internet on 14th March 2018 was the one which was played by the famous gaming streamer Tyler Blevins aka Ninja, rappers Drake, Travis Scott, and American football player, Juju Smith-Schuster. A whopping 628k+ viewers tuned in to watch these people put in their best skills to survive in the game.
Following its huge success, Epic Games has attracted more and more celebrities, ever since their announcement for the Ultimate Battle Royale tournaments.
Though not much of a skill-based game, Fortnite has an ever-growing and loyal fandom, owing to its multiple-platform interface and best Fortnite settings. Like any other game, it has had its share of a toxic fanbase, attracting the wraths of immature teens and egotistical streamers alike.