Fortnite Frenzy Hits Mainstream Media With Epic Mania

As the hype surrounding Epic's golden goose grows, so the does its influence. Some of the famous folks giving Fortnite an endorsement may surprise you. 


Since Fortnite first hit the scene with its free-to-play beta, it's PUBG-inspired Battle Royale mode has been a smash hit. There are now 45 million players and 3.4 million active users in Fortnite and it's now surpassed PUBG as the most watched game on Twitch. Such breakout success in such a short amount of time is no small accomplishment and as a result, mainstream media has begun to pay more attention.

Athletes and celebrities have been taking to Twitter to express their love of the game. Raiders Quarter Back Derek Carr has been talking about his addiction to the game:

Rick and Morty Co-Creator Dan Harmon has been curious about getting in on the action, but doesn't seem very social:

Probably the most interesting, or at least out of left field, tweet came from none other than sitcom queen Roseanne who has apparently been kicking butt and taking names: 

Along with a growing fandom, traditional news and media outlets have started profiling Fortnite:

Of course, not every profiling paints Fortnite or video games in general in a positive manner. A recent feature on Good Morning America pondered the addictive nature of titles like Fortnite. The GMA piece did go on to state that as games trend towards online group experiences that there could be positive social repercussions to gaming. 

Whether or not someone wants to believe the hype, it basically costs nothing to find out one way or another if Fortnite is a good fit since it's a free-to-play title. We reached out to the Fortnite dev team to find out if they had any tips or good places to drop in on the Battle Royale map:

"I love Anarchy Acres - nice mix of indoor/outdoor and medium range engagements, and usually sets you up for a good mid-game position.
Or Tilted Towers. Ride or die." - Eric Williamson, Lead Designer

"The place that [streamer] CDN lovingly calls 'Yonder Yards,' but it's the unmarked warehouses in the south... they're incredible for our try hard runs!" - Zack Estep, Executive Producer

Players can download Fortnite now for free on PS4, Xbox One, and PC and see for themselves what all the hype is about. 

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    March 6, 2018 2:45 PM

    Blake Morse posted a new article, Fortnite Frenzy Hits Mainstream Media With Epic Mania

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      March 6, 2018 3:22 PM

      lol Roseanne with 20 victories. Man I suck.

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        March 6, 2018 3:38 PM

        I don't believe her for a second. lol!

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          March 6, 2018 3:41 PM

          Yeah, I want proof.

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            March 6, 2018 5:10 PM

            I don't need proof, I'd rather live in a world where Roseanne is crushing a bunch of kids in an online shooter.

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              March 6, 2018 7:23 PM

              Imagining her yelling at 12yo randoms in a squad game is just priceless.

    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      March 6, 2018 4:59 PM

      It's crazy how they pulled this off. They launched a pretty mediocre game that seemed doomed to the F2P death spiral, pivoted to turn it into a completely different type of game in a matter of months, and now it's a massive hit I guess. Has something like this ever happened before?

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      March 6, 2018 7:57 PM

      A recent feature on Good Morning America pondered the addictive nature of titles like Fortnite.

      Imagine that, people having fun like to continue to have fun as much as possible.

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