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Fortnite is more than a misspelt two weeks

Thursday, 21 February, 2019

It has been described as “the largest persistent media event in human history.” That’s because Fortnite has racked up more than six consecutive months with at least one million concurrent active users — all of whom are participating in a shared and consistent experience that spans multiple “seasons”, storylines and events. It was developed by Epic Games and has become a nice little earner, indeed. Epic Games, which was reportedly valued at $15 billion in October, grossed a $3 billion profit in 2018, according to TechCrunch. Fortnite is available on Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS and Android. But what is it? Well…

Next move for Epic? The game has become a kind of “public square” so the notion of Fortnite turning into a platform is no longer seen as fantasy. Tim Sweeny could very well become the next Mark Zuckerberg.


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