Neither Call of Duty nor GTA nor Minecraft : the video game of the moment is called Fortnite . If you have a teenager living under your roof or in your family environment , it is very likely that he spent a few hours a week glued to the console or computer fighting online for his survival and shooting other players.
And like him or her, up to 45 million players around the world , according to figures from last January .
Fortnite: Battle Royale has a simple approach: it is a video game of shooting in the third person in which you can also build structures and traps and whose goal is to be the last player alive on a battlefield that is reducing its size every minute that pass. And if you die, you’re dead forever, you’ll have to start another game because there’s no option to resurrect, as it does in Call of Duty and the like.
This type of video game falls within the genre of ‘Battle Royale’ , of which Fortniteis one of the two greatest exponents. The other would be PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds , better known as PUBG . Do not try to pronounce it, because that would give for another article.
If that ‘Battle Royale’ sounds a lot to you, maybe it’s due to the Japanese cult movie of the same name from the year 2000 that was based on a book, also by the same name, by Koushun Takami.
In Battle Royale , Japanese society decides to relieve social tensions by sending a group of high school students to fight to death under a very videogame norms.There were weapons and traps everywhere, but in the end, there could only be one. Something like Survivors , but no celebrities .
Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite , had not conceived its video game in this line when it was launched in July 2017 after a long time in development. Back then, it was a strange mix of Minecraft and survival game. But seeing the growing popularity of the PUBG in computer, they decided to imitate its format and try to beat them the ballot coming to consoles before.
In September 2017, they launched the Fortnite: Battle Royale game mode and, less than a year later, they have matched, if not exceeded, their success. And this same month of March, they released the version for iPhone and other Apple devices afew weeks after PUBG did the same.
The popularity of Fortnite is due more to the big youtubers than to traditional marketing or the work of specialized media. This is already common and with numerous success stories : Minecraft , the horror game Five Night at Freddy’s , the goat simulator GOAT Simulator , ARK: Survival Evolved , Rust …
So if you have to find someone responsible for the child not stopping playing Fortnite , you can put some of the blame on The Rubius, among others .
You only have to go back a few weeks to understand the popularity of the game between content creators on YouTube and Twitch, another very popular video game viewing platform. Along with another 99 teammates, Rubius broke a public record by watching a live broadcast while playing Fortnite . At the time of greatest audience, they reached a million simultaneous viewers.
The youtuber culture, and with this you have to understand the one that promotes the sharing of moments on video for other people to see, it also favors Fortnite to get infected by word of mouth . If a friend sends you a video of how he kills five players with a very well placed trap, shortly thereafter, screwing his foot, you will most likely laugh and end up biting. After all, Fortnite is free and it costs nothing to try it.
A good number of youtubers live from sharing these moments, something that their viewers imitate and that video game developers try to exploit as best as possible. All consoles and current computers have video recording and replay systems, and that favors any player to share these ‘clips’ without the need for additional capture equipment.
And when you do not play, you see yourself playing, that’s what YouTube and Twitch are for, where all kinds of players broadcast live and receive donations to maintain their channel. In the same way that football is seen when it is not practiced, you see people who play Fortnite and other videogames very well when you do not do it yourself. And no, understanding this video game is not much harder than understanding why an offside player can cancel a goal.
This phenomenon has not done anything but start. While PUBG has captured the toughest core of players on PC and console, with its price and its more realistic aspect, Fortnite has captivated by its free to play approach in which to start playing is free and in which everything looks colorful and simple.
This is the fundamental difference between both games and what seems to have won the younger players: Fortnite is like those mobile games that hook anyone without noticing and that are maintained at the expense of the small sums that the most engaged pay by modifications of the weapons and suits that are used in the game.
With its launch on Apple’s iPhone and other mobile devices, this is even more evident. Although PUBG is already on iOS and Android ( Fortnite has not yet reached these phones), its realism is lost due to lack of fidelity. That does not happen with Fortnite because it is a caricatural game and flatter in its design. Is this the difference that will definitely crown him over his competition?
It’s early to say, but when Epic Games has included a joke on the game screens of the game for iOS in which they ask players to attend the class instead of playing …