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Aman Towhid, Featured Writer

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Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly and published by Epic Games.The game was released as a paid-for early access title for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on July 25, 2017.

Currently, the game provides two types of mode- one is Fortnite Battle Royale, which is free to play, and the other one is ‘Save the world’ mode, which is basically a Co-op mode and you have to pay for this mode.

The game was first introduced in 2011. Epic Games first released the Alpha of the game in 2012 that had the only Co-op mode, like Left 4 Dead. Later, in 2017 they released the Battle Royale mode: where 100 players deploy in a fictional map trying to survive ‘till the end by killing each other.

The game started getting popular after the release of Battle Royale mode. First,  Battle Royale mode was introduced by Minecraft. But it got popular after the Beta release of Players Unknown Battle Ground also known as PUBG in 2017. After the release of Fortnite Battle Royale, it started attracting more players than PUBG as it was free and you had to pay 30$ for PUBG beta. In 2018 it overtook its rival PUBG.

In Fortnite ‘Save the world’ there are types of characters. They are Hero, Defender, and Support. There is a storyline you need to follow in the mode. But in Fortnite Battle Royale mode you start in a bus which is attached with a parachute. You deploy on the map, start collection weapon, and other equipment you need to survive. You can create things like stairs, walls, and floors by collection materials.There is a storm in the game which makes the safezone smaller by time.You need to get in the safezone inside given time or else you take damage. You need to take out all the opponents to win the Battle Royale.

Even Universities started to give scholarships to the eSports players. Ohio University is the first to offer Fortnite eSports Scholarship. Ohio’s Ashland University’s new eSports program will be the first in the US to offer player scholarships for the wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite. They plan to field a four-player team alongside squads for Overwatch and League of Legends when the program debuts in the collegiate eSports landscape next fall.The Ohio school’s program was first announced in February, making it the latest university to join a collegiate scene that’s blowing up. Fortnite is an obvious choice for its popularity and surprisingly broad appeal — plus, prospective players can get the game for free. Ashland is offering $4,000 scholarships to their student e-athletes and will announce open tryouts for its Fortnite squad in the future.

 

The game is still developing through and it wants to reach a greater height in future. Even after being under development it got nominated for 7 awards but won only one. We hope that we will get new features in the game soon enough.

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