- 10. Number of players worldwide
- 9. Fortnite’s record-breaking annual revenue in 2018
- 8. Map naming scheme
- 7. Ninja, Drake, Travis Scott, Juju Smith-Schuster
- 6. Mini Fortnite
- 5. Delayed release
- 4. Battle Royale was never supposed to be the main selling point
- 3. Where did the name Fortnite come from?
- 2. Fortnite sued for celebratory dances
- 1. Fortnite finals exam
If you ask people if they heard of Fortnite, they’ll probably say yes… But not because they’ve played it even once.
Fortnite has become a household name so much so that even non-players have probably heard of them. With this unprecedented success, many think that they know all about the game as of now.
But even if you’re an avid fan of the game, we bet that you haven’t heard all of these 10 surprising facts about Fortnite. Wanna bet? Read on then!
10. Number of players worldwide
By now, it isn’t a secret that Fortnite is one of the most popular games out there. But as of 2019, there are reportedly 250 million people playing the game. That is a lot of people playing!
What’s even more amazing is the fact that the peak number of Fortnite concurrent players reached 10.8 million players in 2019. No wonder there isn’t a shortage of players for each game that requires 100 players!
9. Fortnite’s record-breaking annual revenue in 2018
A stronger indicator of Fortnite’s success is its annual revenue. In 2018, it has amassed $2.4 Billion making it the largest annual revenue total for a game in history!
It’s no surprise since 2018 was the year Fortnite really blew out of extreme proportions. With celebrities, athletes, plus streamers and players enjoying the game, there really wasn’t any question as to how they achieved that record.
8. Map naming scheme
If you weren’t paying attention, you wouldn’t notice it. But Fortnite actually has a pretty cool naming scheme for its maps.
If you would notice, all locations consist of two words that start with the same letter. For example Haunted Hills, Junk Junction, Pleasant Park, Happy Hamlet and so on.
In season 7 however, with the introduction of a new location, The Block, this was broken. But they still use this naming scheme in Season 8 onwards.
7. Ninja, Drake, Travis Scott, Juju Smith-Schuster
On March 14, 2018, Fortnite streamer Ninja was streaming on his popular channel on Twitch when his viewers blew up.
What happened? Rapper Drake, Travis Scott and Pittsburgh Steelers Receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster joined Ninja for some epic streaming. With this dream team on the game, the stream went on to garner a record 628,000 people!
6. Mini Fortnite
Fortnite has always been a haven for its players. Borrowing some elements from some popular games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Minecraft, they created something that’s hard not to recognize today.
One of the modes on the game is called Creative and it’s a ton of fun for players to do whatever they want. In here, players can create their own map or see the maps that other players created as well. There is one particular map created by a player called, P_Rec, is a miniature version of Fortnite. In case you want to check it out, here’s the creative code: 5320-7315-4181.
If you want to check out more cool maps like this, read our guide on the top 10 best creative maps Fortnite.
5. Delayed release
Did you know that Fortnite was supposed to be released in 2011? Can you imagine what it would’ve looked like back then?
Thankfully, a series of delays and a lot of tests came which pushed back the release date to 2017. Although the game was supposed to be free-to-play, when it was released in July 2017, players paid for an early-access deal. Those who purchased the game were rewarded with special features.
4. Battle Royale was never supposed to be the main selling point
In connection with fact number 5, Battle Royale wasn’t supposed to be the game’s focus.
Fortnite: Save the World was supposed to be the main attraction of the game. The game features different character classes that would be the defenders in a world overrun by monsters and zombies.
Due to some delays as mentioned and the success of PUBG, Fortnite shifted its focus and created the game we know today, Fortnite: Battle Royale. But the game Save the World is still available today but you need to purchase it in order to play it.
3. Where did the name Fortnite come from?
To some, it may seem like a random but catchy name, but the name has some thought into it.
As mentioned in the previous facts, Fortnite was supposed to be a co-op survival game. There are four attributes to the different character classes: Fortitude, Offense, Resistance and Tech (F.O.R.T). Furthermore, the term ‘fortnight’ is a word to describe a two-week period which was an event in the game where the players tried to survive for 14 days.
2. Fortnite sued for celebratory dances
One fun aspect of the game that everyone seems to love is the emotes.
Essentially, these are celebratory dances which you can use in-game or after a sweet Victory Royale. Most emotes, however, can only be used when you purchase them. That’s how Fortnite makes the big bucks in a game that’s free to download.
However, this presented a question as some celebrities filed for a lawsuit stating that Epic Games put their signature dances in the game without permission. But is a dance copyrightable?
That’s what we are to find out in the coming months as Epic Games faces these lawsuits. Nevertheless, the celebratory dances are what makes Fortnite unique and we wish that the matter would be resolved without having to forego the emotes.
1. Fortnite finals exam
Now for the best on our list of the Top 10 Fortnite facts, is the Fortnite finals exam.
This is another proof that Fortnite is not just another game. Because a Twitter user named @Jilli Zuz tweeted out this pic saying that when this gets 6.7 thousand retweets, their exam will be about Fortnite. How cool was that and their teacher that agreed to do this?
Well, fortunately, they reached their goal and let’s just say that they had a pretty fun exam!
That’s been our list of the top 10 facts about Fortnite. Do you have some facts about Fortnite you can share? Comment them down below!