Fortnite Fever


By Jake

Parents say that it is hard to cheer up teens, but now there is Fortnite. Fortnite is an online video game in which 100 players battle to be the last one alive. Although some kids’ addictions have become dangerous, nothing will stop the popularity of Fortnite. Over the last year Fortnite has taken over the charts, and has taken over the minds of children.

Fortnite has taken over kids and teens, and kids stay up all night playing Fortnite Battle Royale. According to one parent on, “I’ve asked him to turn the game off and go to bed. He agrees and turns it off and heads downstairs to his room. I wake up around 4 or 5 on a Saturday morning and he is in front of the TV playing the game." People are so addicted that they play all night, and get no sleep. “I found her backside was red-raw. She was so hooked to the game she wouldn’t even go to the toilet,” the father said. Afterwards, she admitted to playing the game until 5 a.m. This nine year old girl was so hooked on to the game that she wouldn’t get up to go to the bathroom. Unbelievably, this girl ended up going to rehab.  Fortnite is going to continue to take over kids’ free time, and their brains.

Fortnite has so many users, and they are going to continue to get more. Alex Salkever illustrates “School’s out for summer. For so many American kids, that used to mean meandering stretches of unstructured time playing outdoors. But for my kids, summer means a battle over Fortnite.” When I think of summer I think of people playing at the beach and having fun outside, but this summer Fortnite has taken over. If you haven’t heard, Fortnite has snagged more than 125 million players in less than a year, mostly kids under the age of 18. Many play for 10 or even 20 hours per week. This is a problem, because people should only be playing 30 minutes a day. On June 5, 2018 Tencent gave us an update on Fortnite’s user base. It said there were 40 million users logging on to Fortnite every month. This statistic is important, because this shows people aren’t just downloading the game, but they’re actually playing it. There is no sign that this growth will stop, and people will stop using Fortnite.

Fortnite is the most popular game ever. Epic Games rakes in over $300 million per month selling skins, pickaxes, and other digital enhancements to help players compete more or simply look cool. Although Fortnite is a free game, people can buy vbucks (Fortnite money) to purchase skins to change their look. Skins, pickaxes, and emotes do not even help you win. Fortnite was said to be making $2 million a day from its players. This shows that this business model is working, where the game is free but you can buy other stuff.

Fortnite Battle Royale has unlocked the secret to creating a perfect video game in 2018. Fortnite has attracted 125 million kids, teens, and adults to play their Battle Royale, even to the point where it can become dangerously addictive. If Fortnite keeps on making new updates, and attracting users it will forever be popular.