by 👩💻 Alice Monroe
Love it, hate it or plain don’t understand it, Fortnite is taking the gaming world by storm, and it’s been nothing short of an overnight success for Epic Games. While fans will praise the game for its simple setup and addictive gameplay, there have been concerns raised by parents worldwide as to whether or not the game is directly contributing to gaming addiction in children and teens. Certainly, this fear is nothing new – concerns about the Grand Theft Auto games, the Doom games and Mortal Kombat games going back decades have always been rife – and while Fortnite certainly seems to be the current black sheep and perhaps a scapegoat for those worried about gaming’s effects on young people, it is far from fizzling out as a fad.
Epic Games have already felt the effects of the game’s huge popularity, with their value having reached $8 billion, an increase of almost $7.2 billion in comparison to five years ago. That’s the power of a big game once it catches fire – and Fortnite is the latest in a long line of games which is capturing gamers’ attentions, if not purely for the sheer ease of setup and play. While Fortnite may not have the story or the lore that other games push to the fore, it is a simple, 100-person battle royale – its simplicity is one of the keys to its success.
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Epic Games have recently revealed that they have experienced record-breaking numbers on their servers for August, with a total of 78.3 million players logging in to play. The announcement arrives alongside promises that the studio will be opening up ‘inclusive competition’, making it even easier for players to jump in and start playing from console to console and from PC to tablet. Rest assured, Epic appear to be set to address server overloading in a big way – meaning that players on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iPad, PC and more can leap into games and start building and battling like never before. Nintendo, too, have recently leapt onto the Fortnite bandwagon by unveiling a console bundled with the game and in-game items – this game is very big new indeed.
And, if these figures are to be taken at face value, Fortnite is showing absolutely no sign of slowing down. Regular player? Befuddled parent? For now, at least, it’s sticking around.
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