Fortnite - The Most Royal Battle 

Epic games was able to capitalize on a growing trend at just the right time in the gaming industry, and because of the widespread popularity of the Battle Royale (BR) style game, it’s most popular title to have ever been released, Fortnite, took the world by storm. A Mod for Arma 2 named DayZ was the first in a long line of short lived BR games that arguably did better than some of it’s copies.

 

Fortunately for Epic, Fortnite did better than any other BR game to date even beating out the likes of Apex only a month after it’s release as the most viewed on Twitch. Each BR has a different take on the style of play that sets it apart from the others, and that’s one of the reasons Fortnite became the monster it is today. 

What is Fortnite? 

What is a Battle Royale? 

A Battle Royale game is any game where the last person or team standing wins the game. Seemingly based off of the Japanes novel by Koushun Takami, Battle Royale, as well as the more popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins where the main focus of the plot revolves around a group of children who are thrown into a battleground and forced to kill each other with weapons and tools that are scattered around the area, where the remaining (usually one) child is allowed to return to their home. Yes this may seem a little grotesque and unfortunately, it is. When you consider it is a video game however, then it requires a lot of skill and perfect reaction time to consistently be the one on top. 

Fortnite has a very unique take on the genre whereas those before it were meant to be wartorn and realistic battle zones with actual weapons and equipment, Epic wanted to appeal to more people and ages as well as give themselves some room to do crazy things. Fortnite uses a cartoon art style with the ability to collect materials to build walls, and hosts a number of unrealistic equipment (as well as some real or at least reasonable ones). 

The ability to build your own cover at any given moment is where the skill ceiling really rose for the genre. No other game utilized this feature and with a raised skill ceiling comes a lot better competition more often than not. 

Fortnite and it’s new take on the genre did take a little bit to pick up but a year after it’s release it was so widespread that people began demanding an Esports scene from it. 

There were many community made tournaments before Epic took matters into its own hands and created some more popular tournaments and formats. 

What game modes are there in Fortnite? 

There are a few different ways to play the game that also draw in the wide player base that Epic has accrued. There is a campaign that you can play if you purchase the game, but the actual BR that everyone plays is completely free, with some exceptions to cosmetics and the overly popular Battle Pass that created waves on its own in video game marketing. The BR mode offers a variety of options within itself with a Solo, Duo, or Squad mode with casual and ranked matches. The main ranked mode is dubbed Arena Mode and hosts solo, duo and trio queues for anyone that wants to play at a more competitive level whether alone or with friends. The casual modes mirror the Arena modes options.  

There are some other, for fun, modes that don’t really have much to do with the BR setting of the game, but offer a good way to practice various aspects of it. Some are community made like challenge obstacle courses, while others were implemented by Epic to add some flavor to the game for the more casual players. 

Is Fortnite Esports Ready? 

The main issue with BR games in the modern era is the want of the majority want Esports and a way to make money and show off their superiority to everyone. Luckily for Epic they took the reins early and have set up a rather successful Esports scene that they put a lot of money into which makes it even more competitive and fun to watch. Fortnite by itself has raised Esports to a new level of respect an assurance towards a brighter future. The downside is the prominence of what their microtransaction style marketing is bringing to gaming. For better or worse it is changing the way devs set up their marketing. 

A big part of the BR community is live streaming. A lot of great players easily rack up viewers and are able to show off every day on stream, this is something that is pretty unique to BR style game. While many pro Esports players are big Twitch or Mixerr personalities, the BR players tend to get their rise to fame through streaming rather than playing professionally. 

What is my next step? 

Fortnite is a game that has been able to revolutionize the Video Game industry, many people find the game to be fun and if you haven’t tried it, you probably should. The longevity of this game has shown has been impressive as well, being able to recover massive switches to competitors extremely fast means this game is prepared to go the distance with any new game on the market. If you plan to take the game seriously make sure to check out our other guides for some help moving up in the rank system! 

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