Fortnite Fever Sweeping the Middle School

Vincent B., Staff Writer

Fortnite Battle Royale has swept across the world deemed a “disease,” grossing about eight billion dollars as of November 2018.

Fortnite Battle Royale is a game where 100 players in teams of one, two, or four skydive onto the Fortnite Island. Players find guns to protect themselves and build forts for added protection. The last solo, duo, or squad left on the island gets the win or a “Victory Royale.”  

Fortnite has now entered its seventh season, which lasts 70 days, and this is debatably the best season yet. The developers at Epic Games have added weapon skins, snow, and new landing spots to get players in the winter spirit.

Throughout the history of the game which was released July 25, 2017, there have been many ups and downs–like the Rocket Launch in season three, the floating island in seasons five and six, and the snowstorm event happening now in season seven.

In the Middle School, Fortnite is a hot topic. Jett H., a seventh grade boy, is an avid Fortnite fan; he has been playing since season two.

“I love that you can play with your friends, and that it is a free game so that everybody can play,” he said.

Even though Fortnite is free to play, there is an in-game item shop where players can buy skins, pickaxes, gliders, and emotes, using Fortnite’s virtual currency “V-Bucks.”

Epic Games grosses about 640 million dollars through the item shop. On Saturday, December 8, Epic Games released two of the most sought-after skins: The Nog Ops and the Yuletide Ranger.

Over the two-day period those were in the item shop, 11 million purchases were made of the two skins combined.

Now, Fortnite is the highest dowloaded Battle Royale game ever, it seems there is no cure for “Fortnite Fever” on the horizon.