Fortnite was released by Epic Games just three years ago, yet the popularity of the game has exploded in a very short time. Free and playable on most platforms, Fortnite is a survival game where players must gather various resources such as weapons, while trying to stay alive and eliminate opposing players. The setting of the game is a post-apocalyptic environment, similar to the Mad Max movies, where players collect remaining materials to build fortifications. According to The Esport Observer, Fortnite has made it to the top of the most popular e-sports games list, along with Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, and League of Legends.
How can this huge success be explained?
The game gained considerable popularity by adding the “Battle Royale” mode. This mode allows 100 players to play against each other on a map. Users play against people of different ages from all over the world, and an audio chat allows them to interact with each other. Now it is even possible to win money by playing Fortnite online or by betting on players.
Currently, the Fortnite World Cup is one of the most popular events in the video game world. In 2019, the prize pool was over $30 million and the championship title was won by a 16-year-old solo player, Kyle Giersdorf. This young and talented player won $3 million and should have a great career in eSports.
These international competitions are not only a great opportunity for young players to enter the world of Esports, but also let novice punters try their luck. The World Cup includes qualifying rounds and finals so you can place bets on any match during both stages.
The game’s features
Fortnite’s building system is one of the most interesting features of the game. Aside from a campfire, you can build all kinds of objects using three metals: metal, brick, and wood. These resources are used to create walls, floors, ceilings, roofs and fortifications. The stronger the material, the longer it takes to construct a building. In a crisis situation, such as a surprise attack, building a wooden barrier is the best choice. You can also build ramps and steps to get to hard-to-reach places.
Your priority when landing on a map should be to find at least one gun. You can fight other players with your axe, which you receive at the start, but it only deals a small amount of damage. Weapons are colour-coded: white means the weapon is ‘common’, green means it is ‘unusual’, ‘rare’ if it is blue, ‘epic’ if it is purple and finally ‘legendary’ if it is rated orange. The higher the rarity of the weapon, the more damage it does. There are also other potential advantages, such as higher impact force and faster cooldown. If you are playing in a team, you can share ammunition between players. That way, if one team member locates a rare rocket launcher, the rest of the team can load it. Some high-performing teams share ammunition to optimise each teammate’s loadout.