When Epic Games initially released Fortnite for Android earlier this year it made it exclusively available on Samsung devices. If you’re rocking a Galaxy S9 or Note 9, then that was great news. If you had any other Android phone on the planet, it was kind of a bummer.
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The online videogame Fortnite Battle Royale was launched just a year ago in September 2017. Since then the game had amassed 125 million active players by June and made US$1.2 billion (A$1.6 billion) for the developer, Epic Games. It has also been linked to 200 divorces and a case of aggravated harassment where a 45-year-old man threatened to kill an 11-year-old boy after losing to him in the game.
Love it or hate it, the question begs: How has Epic Games created a game with such enormous social, economic and psychological impact?
The Fortnite Beta For Android dropped in this weekend which meant that you could shoot dudes and build forts on your phone. That is, you could do those things if you had fairly recent a Samsung Galaxy phone. Everyone else had to patiently wait - or play Fortnite on a different platform.
Luckily the exclusivity period is about to expire and people with a range of Android phones will be able to download, and play, Fortnite Beta for Android. Here's the full list.
Android: Fortnite Battle Royale, one of the most popular battle royale games around, is finally on Android. And you get first dibs with the beta if you own a Samsung device — a list that includes its flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus (and its predecessors, the S8 / S8 Plus); the Note8 (and the just-announced Galaxy Note9, when it arrives later this month); as well as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Tab S3.
Frickin’ Fortnite. Your kids won’t stop playing it, and you’re fed up. What do you do? You could join one of the many parent support groups, or make a musical parody to vent your frustrations, or try locking the game consoles in the car and hiding the key (yes, this is really happening).
Or you can play, too.
Playing Fortnite is a lot of fun when you aren't getting filled with holes or kissing other players' Infinity Gauntlets. Looking for weapons? Exciting. Chopping down trees? Soothing, in a Ron Swanson-like way. Scavenging for items across the map? Just think of how much fun they will be to not use when another player riddles you with bullets from halfway across the map.
Fortnite is the biggest video game in the universe. If you're not playing it, your kids are and if you think your kids aren't playing it, sorry, you're wrong. Season 4 (and patch v4.0) has finally crash-landed on Epic's servers and there are some huge changes on the way.
Here's what you need to know about Fornite Season 4 and all the changes to the world's most played video game.
There are plenty of accounts from dismayed parents about how they're losing their kids to Fortnite, the wildly popular video game that's consuming kids' days, destroying some schools and spawning neighbourhood support groups. Less hyperbolic, but just as concerning, are the the reports from mums and dads who are losing actual cash because their young players made in-game purchases without them knowing.
Fortnite is an online multiplayer video game. You've probably heard its name a lot recently. It's very popular. Your kid is probably playing it. A host of Australian NRL players have been celebrating tries with Fortnite poses and, hey, Drake is notoriously big on it.
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