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The free-to-play first person shooter, published by Epic games, became an overnight success story when it launched in September 2017. By March 2019 Fortnite had been played by over 250 million fans and made Epic Games a cool $2 billlion. Though Fortnite has a paid “Save the World” cooperative survival game it’s Fortnite Battle Royale that’s made Fortnite a household name and in some ways, put esports even more firmly on the map.
Similar to other battle royale genre games, Fortnite players can play Solo, pair up for Duos, or team up for Squads, with either their friends or random players to make up team numbers.

100 players are picked up by the Battle Bus and then skydive onto the Fortnite island. Dropping wherever they choose, players must quickly scavenge weapons and supplies before encountering other players and beginning the fight. It’s a simple survive and eliminate game format with a “storm” that tightens the play circle until the last few players get ever closer and the last person, or team, standing takes the Victory Royale. Players can also “build” basic structures after collecting resources like wood and metal. These can consist of four fence-like walls and a roof, or a series of ramps in order to access high points, the tops of buildings, or to get a better shot at other players.

Much of Epic Games’ Fortnite revenue comes from the popularity of its “skins,” character and outfit getups available to buy for Fortnite V-Bucks and which take literally thousands of formats with most of them available for only a limited time.One of the first professional Fortnite events was the Pro-Am event of June 2018. In May 2018, Epic Games announced it would set a massive $100 million to fund tournaments and propel Fortnite Battle Royale into esports success.
The first Fortnite World Cup took place in the summer of 2019 and had a total prize pool of $30 million with the Fortnite World Cup Solo Champion, 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, winning $3 million.

As well as record players numbers, Fortnite has also seen massive streaming success and is incredibly popular on YouTube and Twitch. The 2019 Fortnite World Cup had 1.5 million viewers and a season close event for Season X in October 2019 reached an audience of 1.6 million.

Top Players

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Richard Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

There’s no streamer more famous than Ninja who started streaming Fortnite in December 2017 and became an overnight success as well as a millionaire. Ninja’s success is aligned with Fortnite and non-gamers know him as a celebrity almost as much as gamers. 

Blevins is now 28 years old and he’s from Illinois, US. He has competed professionally with Cloud9, Renegades, Evil Geniuses and Luminosity Gaming. He’s married to fellow streamer JGhosty and his brothers are BeardedBlevins and Invictus.

The first game Blevins bought was Earth Worm Jim but when he was young, he also played his dad’s games before starting to play Halo at the age of 12. He first competed professionally at the age of 16, in Halo 3. He began streaming Halo while at college and by 20 had earned $60,000 streaming so decided to pursue a full-time career.

Across 2018, Ninja earned around $10 million and became a multi-millionaire. By this point he had over 20 million YouTube subscribers and over 12 million followers on Twitch. He streamed around 3,800 hours of Fortnite to earn his money across that year. 

Today, Blevins probably has a net worth of around $15 million. He has over 14 million Twitch followers and his channel has seen over 481 million views.

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Turner “TFUE” Tenney

Tenney is 22 years old and from Florida, US. He’s competed with FaZe Clan and JOOGSQUAD and he streams CoD: Black Ops 4 and Destiny 2 as well as Fortnite.

Tenney also grew up playing video games, and Halo with his brother at the age of 12. He was a natural and quickly broke world records on popular titles. He began playing Call of Duty and Destiny and began streaming. His career began to accelerate when he began streaming Destiny with his Redeem team mates on Twitch and YouTube in June 2015. 

When Tenney began streaming Fortnite his followers grew fast and he became regarded as one of the best players and streamers.

Today, Tenney streams about 4-6 hours of game content per day. He has over 7 million Twitch followers and his channel has seen over 200 million views. On YouTube he has over 11 million subscribers. 

As a competitive player, and as per Esports Earnings, Tenney has earned over $600,000 in prize winnings from 40 professional esports tournaments.

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Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf

Giersdorf shot to world fame winning the Fortnite World Cup Solo event and $3 million in prize money in 2019, at just 16 years old. As well as one of Fortnite’s best players, arguably the best player, he’s also one of the most watched streamers. He’s now 17 years old and is from Pottsgrove, PA, US. 

This player and streamer started playing video games when he was just three years old and after Fortnite was released, he decided he would try the game. It quickly became his game of choice and he also excelled at it. Giersdorf created his own streaming channel in 2018 and he’s signed to Team Sentinels. 

It’s estimated that currently Giersdorf earns around $20,000 per month from streaming as well as his team salary and tournament winnings. He has over 1.7 million followers on Twitch and has had over 41 million views of his Twitch channel. He has 2.14 million subscribers on YouTube. 

 As well as winning the Fortnite Solo World Cup 2019, he took first in the Trio Cash Cup NAE – 2019 and in the Friday Fortnite Duos 2019.

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Top Tips

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Land and loot

Your first big decision in Fortnite is where to land. The best areas for loot will be where you find the most opponents. While you’re learning it’s worth taking a “long drop” which means using your glider to travel further away from the bus and to more remote, and less busy, areas of the map. This will give you time to loot on your own without being attacked or to encounter less enemies all at once so you can learn how to fight while you’re under less pressure. If you do this, you need to be aware of where the circle will be and where you are. You might find yourself in the circle already, which is great, or you might have to start moving quickly into the oncoming circle area to escape the storm. Wherever you land, loot quickly and pick up and swap in/out the best weapons so you are prepared for battle.

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Be quiet but keep moving

Opponents will hear your gunshots, your pickaxe hits and your footsteps. You need to be very aware of this in Fortnite. The pickaxe, or a fight, will give away your location super quickly and your opponents will be listening for you. You also need to listen; you may hear another player enter a building and can be prepared to deliver a quick elimination if you are stealthy. 

Wherever you are looting or travelling to, keep moving. Don’t travel in a straight line, vary your steps if you can so a sniper can’t get a lock on you. Keep jumping too. If you can master jumping and shooting, you’re almost a pro – you’ll be hard to hit and if you are good, can take out an opponent at the same time. When travelling or exploring, move from tree to tree or building to building to keep some cover from enemies.

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Practice building

You might feel the urge to avoid building at first but don’t. If you can master building as fast as shooting you can put up defences quickly against enemies. Or, you can build to gain an advantage during a shootout. The pros build high and fast in the middle of a fight, and build defences while they heal, take a slurp or take advantage of a loot drop. Make sure you harvest materials quickly in the game before the circle contracts and more players can hear you.

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Watch for the circle

In Fortnite it’s easy to get focused on looting or fighting, forgetting about the circle. Early on its important to get into the habit of checking the map, being aware of where the circle is, and will be, and where you are in relation to it. If you are not aware of the circle you can quickly get caught in the storm and have to race for the circle. While you’re doing so, your health will be depleted, and you are more exposed to opponents who might catch you running out of the storm while your defences are down. Getting caught and killed by the storm is also extra frustrating for new players, especially if you just loaded up with awesome loot.

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Get fast and be confident

Speed is of the essence in Fortnite, you need to loot fast, move fast, fight and swap weapons quickly and build fast to survive and eventually start taking those Victory Royales. Practice makes perfect and while you’re learning and improving your skills a key advantage is to be confident. If you encounter another player, yes you can hide or take cover, but if you find yourself face to face with an opponent and getting shot sometimes confidence will work in your favour. Don’t panic, aim and start shooting, sometimes a little confidence makes you realise that player you just dropped in front of you was also a noob and easier to eliminate than you thought.

Fortnite : Game Settings

Fortnite : Game Statistics

Total Players

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Within two weeks of the release of Fortnite Battle Royale the new title had seen over 10 million players. 

By June 2018, just after being released on Nintendo Switch, Fortnite had achieved 125 million players. By this point it was estimated that Epic games was pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from Fortnite per month.

Monthly Players

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In the month of August 2018, a record 78 million played Fortnite.

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The most players online in Fortnite at the same time was 8.3 million in October 2018.

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It’s likely that Epic Games made nearly $3 million from Fortnite in 2018.

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As per Esports Earnings, by prize money won, Fortnite is third in the esports game rankings. Over $85 million in prize money has been won by 3283 professional Fortnite players across 537 tournaments.

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As per Twitch Metrics, during the month prior to April 14, 2020, Fortnite was the 2nd most streamed game with an average of 533 live channels, 316,000 peak viewers, and 96,000 average viewers.

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