What is Fortnite: Battle Royale?

Fortnite: Battle Royale is easily said to be one of the most influential games of all time. With its vast history and incredible impact on the gaming scene, Fortnite will always be known as one of the greats.

But what exactly IS Fortnite? Well, here is a little overview of one of the greatest video games ever created.

What is Fortnite? A History of the Battle Royale

First released on September 26, 2017, Fortnite quickly became a favorite in every gamer's household. The game was a branch off of the popular game, "Fortnite: Save the World," which had been released only 2 months before (July 25, 2017).

After its release, there was no looking back. The game became a staple within the gaming community. Everyone was playing it. Its initial release led to various Twitch streamers and YouTubers making different styles of content playing the game.

Ninja expands the ecosystem

You probably have heard of the name "Ninja," the celebrity streamer who rose to fame during the early Fortnite days. His popularity skyrocketed after a few clips of him went viral. If people weren't at home and able to play Fortnite, then they were making sure to tune in to watch Ninja dominate in the game.

Ninja playing Fortnite (Image via CNN)
Ninja playing Fortnite (Image via CNN)

Arguably, Ninja had one of the most iconic streams in the history of Twitch streaming during this time when popular rapper "Drake" joined him for a few games.

Since then, Ninja has held the pedal stool as one of the most famous and influential content creators out there. Names like TimTheTatMan, CourageJD and more were also a huge part of growing Fortnite's scene in the beginning.

The Fortnite lore expands

Fortnite began to gain popularity during its second season, which expanded the lore of the game by adding in a meteor, which grew a little larger in the sky every week. Players, who had been casually playing the game for hours every day, were starting to speculate whether or not the meteor was going to affect the game.

Rumors that the meteor was going to destroy the popular Tilted Towers surfaced online, and EVERYONE was talking about the future of the game. What was going to happen? How would the map be affected? These were questions surrounding the community.

Fortnite Meteor (Image via Fortnite Wiki)
Fortnite Meteor (Image via Fortnite Wiki)

Well, the start of Season 3 was the very beginning of the on-growing Fortnite storyline that is still expanding today in Chapter 4, Season 4.

Epic Games has been very active throughout the years with constantly updating Fortnite, making each season more interesting than the last. Not only is there an ongoing storyline that is still holding players' attention, but the game is constantly being updated with new weapons and locations.

Because of its constant updates, Fortnite has neglected to ever reach a stale state.

The Black Hole

The Black Hole is a definitive moment within the Fortnite timeline. During Chapter 1, Season X, a large rocket was being constructed within the middle of the island. Fans wondered whether or not the rocket would explode the island, destroying the game forever.

Well, the rocket created a rift between space and time, pulling players into a Black Hole, which kept gamers stagnant for three days. No one could play the game during that time, yet Fortnite had over a million concurrent viewers on Twitch alone.

Fortnite Black Hole (Image via The Verge)
Fortnite Black Hole (Image via The Verge)

NO ONE wanted to miss the moment Fortnite would return. After three days, the game threw players back into the action, but this time it was a brand new map. There were new locations, new weapons and more for players to explore.

Since then, Fortnite has had a total of four different maps over four chapters and is still continuing to grow its universe.

Fortnite never ceases to surprise people

Since its release, the game has continued to hold millions of concurrent players. Additions like Creative, Zero Build and more have helped grow the game to the state it is in now.

So, what is your favorite part of Fortnite?

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