Let´s do a 180-degrees turn in our weekly video-game reviews. We are leaving behind the 80s classic games and focusing on the online game of the moment ; this is a game that is destroying all the records: Fortnite Battle Royale !
If you are not in your thirties yet and still don´t know this game, consider yourself an authentic rara avis! But, don´t worry! And, continue enjoying the usual shooters games like all the wonders with 8/16/32/64 bits that Bandai offers.
Right now we are here to solve all your doubts with the online game of the moment. Maybe you’re the next gamer rep and don´t know it yet!
a bit of history
“Fortnite Battle Royal” is developed and distributed by the giant entertainment company Epic Games. It is the free version of the premium game “Fortnite” : a video game for PC, PS4, XBOX ONE and Mac. It is framed within the genres of “open world” and multiplayer.
Its success lies in the specific video game engine used (Unreal Engine 4) and the combination of the best of the “shooting games” with Minecraft-style crafting video games .
As users acquire materials and treasures, they can make their attack weapons and defensive constructions better by making them more elusive and less vulnerable to other players. Recall that gamers play Fortnite Battle Royale with a total of 100 players per game play on a wide map. It consists of various environments narrowing down as time goes by. In this game the last player surviving will win: an authentic “all against all” or “100 Player PvP” .
Before finishing 2017 and just 3 months after launching, this video game had 7 million users. Currently, thanks in part to the free mode, that figure has skyrocketed to 45 million users. Right now it has more than 3 million of them playing simultaneously in March 2018. The Fortnite´s Instagram account is not far behind: 4.1 million followers worldwide. Stratospheric figures!
One of the main “culprits” of this situation is a Fortnite gamer named Tyler Blevins (a.k.a. Ninja). He brought more than 600,000 people all together. Why? To see how he played with Canadian rapper through his streaming account on Twitch.
Additionally, just before Easter, on March 25, the famous Spanish YouTuber known as “El Rubius” invited the 100 most influential YouTubers of the Hispanic world to play Fortnite all together . Each one of them broadcasted the game from their personal YouTube channels.
Let´s consider now the live broadcast from El Rubius´ YouTube channel . It became the most watched streaming video game in the history of YouTube with more than 1,000,000 viewers connected live. It almost doubled the viewers watching the game that Ninja and Drake played against each other.
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FORTNITE
As with everything surrounding millennials and online games, social media is very important. It is possible to create your own gaming community through Fornite´s official Facebook account. Gamers can meet other participants and create squads, discover tricks, or enjoy discounts. They can purchase items to customize and arm their characters. They can also enjoy live or finished games to quickly learn tricks from other players.
And now, the big question: is there a mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royal available?
Well, right now the game has a pilot version available for players owning an Apple device (iPhone 6S / SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or any 2017 iPad) through an invitation. In the case of Android users, they need to wait a few months to play on their mobile phones.
FORTNITE´S BUSINESS MODEL
The business model of Fortnite is “freemium“. The basic game is totally free and the extras are paid. For instance, users have to pay if they want to improve the skills of their alter ego. Leaving aside that we live within a global hype of the entertainment world, this entertainment company has raised more than 120 million dollars in a few months. Why is that? Because of gamers purchasing this type of paid items. Overall, Fortnite is achieving a gigantic impact without having to invest large numbers in advertising
So if you are leaning on playing this video game, watch now Fortnite´s official video . It already has more than 30 million views. You can also watch this video game in high definition and get familiar with this awesome game.
See you on the battlefield!
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