‘Fortnite’ Reaches 125 Million Players, Announces World Cup For 2019


Fortnite is in early access across PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and iOS.

There are more "Fortnite" players than PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners combined.

A spin-off from the original game, the newly developed Fortnite Battle Royale was released a year ago in September.

However, not much information has been made public by the developer in regards to esports competition, including events, private match capability, and more. Qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup will be based exclusively on player skill. Epic said it is not selling any franchise/team spots for its premiere event nor will it allow a third party to do so.

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The play would focus on individuals and duos but "there'll be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too", it added.

The season will begin in Fall of 2018 and culminate in the Fortnite World Cup which will take place in late 2019. Due to PUBG's success, the battle royale genre, where you have to fight for survival against 99 other players, has become extremely widespread throughout gamers. There's also a full graphical comparison video that shows that Fortnite on Switch, looks, well, just like Fortnite. You can play the game in the native handheld form, connect a wireless Pro controller, or set the display on a table and play with the motion controllers. With the help of Battle Royale, Fortnite's popularity has grown to the point where Epic Games retired its other free-to-play shooter, Paragon.

Modeled on the popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, celebrities such as Drake have been playing Fortnite and pro-gamer Ninja allegedly makes $500,000 every month playing the game.

James Thompson, the chief executive of United Kingdom games developer Automation and now building 1,000-player battle royale game Mavericks Proving Grounds, said his team was building the game with wellbeing in mind.