Wildly popular ‘Fortnite’ video game breaks YouTube record
‘Fortnite’ is fast becoming a cultural phenomenon and has set a new YouTube record for live games to stream. The multiplayer shooter game, which allows players to navigate a vast landscape, has racked up a huge following.
Nintendo announced that the hugely popular ‘Fortnite’ video game will be available on the Nintendo console Switch.
The game, which has more than 40 million monthly active users and has become a cultural phenomenon, will be available today, Nintendo said at the E3 video game convention Tuesday.
Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime said the game would take its battle royale mode and would be available at 1 pm EST today as a free download.
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The leak was first reported by Variety, which cited a tweet from Simon Aarons, a data miner, who saw the release date of the Nintendo eShop.
@SciresM While you may not be able to see the Fortnite eShop-special offer in the shop window (Ashigaru), Shogun + my tool is always there to save the day ? pic.twitter.com/ljzy8baBzp
— Simon Aarons (@SimonMKWii) 11 June 2018
“Fortnite” combines the building mechanics from the “Minecraft” with the shooter aesthetics of the game, “Overwatch.”
In March, “Fortnite”, a record for a live gaming stream, YouTube’s global head of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Gaming said.
Speaking with Fox News in April, Duncan McMonagle, senior vice president and general manager of eSports in Minute Media and DBLTAP said the video game has caught on, because it is fully free (you can purchase cosmetic upgrades that have no influence on the gameplay) and it runs on multiple platforms such as Xbox, PC and now, the Switch.
The popular online game is downloaded by 150 million people internationally this year, the Washington Post reported. The game is popular with celebrities such as Drake and the Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, who was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in May, reportedly, after the play of “Fortnite” for too many hours.
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Because of his boundless popularity, there are online petitions to shut the game down because the relationships are ruined.
There is even a case of a 9-year-old girl is sent to rehab after she wet herself, while she refuses to stop the play of the game.
In addition to “Fortnite,” Nintendo announced a number of other new games, including “Super Mario y,” “DaemonXMachina,” and a new story pack for “Xenoblade Chronicles 2,” everything will be in the next 12 months.
Fox News’ John Brandon and James Rogers contributed to this story. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia