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In case you missed it, Epic’s free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale now boasts bigger user numbers than PUBG, aided significantly by the lack of a price tag, of course. Still, that level of success isn’t to be sniffed out, particularly since Epic also recently added cosmetic microtransactions to Fortnite, as well as being the only Battle Royale title available on PS4.
It would be fair to say, Epic takes cheating in Fortnite pretty seriously. Not content with dishing out the usual bans, Epic has taken things a step further and is attempting to sue two alleged cheaters. One of these is a 14-year-old boy, whose name Epic has released publicly in documents easily obtainable. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be withholding his name.
Fortnite’s recent PUBG-aping shenanigans appear to have paid off. Just over a week after Epic Games dropped the Battle Royale mode for Fortnite and surpassed one million players, they’ve now announced Fortnite has been played by more than seven million gamers across all platforms (PC, PS4 and Xbox One).
More than one million players have downloaded and played Fortnite’s free Battle Royale mode during its first 24 hours of availability. A textbook example of the Streisand effect in full swing, Fortnite: Battle Royale immediately achieved notoriety (and a whole bunch of attention) when PUBG creator Bluehole issued a statement condemning the similarity to its own battle royale title.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole isn’t pleased with the recently announced Battle Royale mode for Fortnite. In a statement issued today, Bluehole has said it is “concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
In pretty astonishing news, more than half a million copies of Epic’s Fortnite have been sold through digital pre-order sales alone, with fans paying between $40 and $150 for the privilege. That’s over 500,000 players paying for Early Access to a game that will be free-to-play when it launches in its complete form in 2018.
Epic has taken the wraps of its upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter Fortnite, providing an in-depth look at the co-operative third-person tower defence game.