Fortnite and Ninja Take the World by Storm

With the rise of the free to play game Fortnite in recent months, one live streamer that has stood out above the rest is Ninja. However, this past week Ninja stepped his game up a notch when he had celebrities such as Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster on his team.

 

After tweeting back and forth, Ninja began his Fortnite dream team when rapper Drake asked him to play together. Despite initially struggling to sign onto his Playstation Network account, Drake ironed out the issues with customer support and joined Ninja.

 

It wasn’t long until rapper Travis Scott and Pittsburg Steelers play JuJu Smith-Schuster were tweeting the duo trying to get involved in the game, along with other celebrities such as Logic chiming in trying to claim a spot on the squad. Shortly after, the four man squad of Ninja, Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster was formed.

Breaking viewer records on Twitch, Ninja and his gang of celebrities ran rough shot over the competition ranking up over 600,000 people watching the fun filled live stream. The night of gaming was filled with laughter, references to one another’s songs, and Fortnite battle royal victory after victory.

 

After the night of gameplay, JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted saying, “I’ve caught important touchdowns, but playing Fortnite tonight was one of the top nights in my life.” Many fans agree with JuJu that this is a night in gaming history that will not soon be forgotten and will hard to be topped.


Why Has Fortnite Surpassed PUBG in Popularity?

Fortnite Battle Royale has taken the online gaming world by storm over the past few months. The third-person shooter pits 100 players against each other in a winner take all competition that sees them scavenging for weapons and supplies over a vast island in an attempt to outlast and outkill their opponents.

Fortnite was originally derided as a clone of the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds(PUBG) which debuted on PC before being ported over to the Xbox One. Since then, Fortnite has surpassed the popularity of the popular PUBG and has seen millions of gamers flocking to its strategic, intense shooter gameplay.

What sets Fornite apart from PUBG is pacing. Each game takes place on an island that players drop into where they must gather weapons and supplies in order to survive. A shrinking zone of safety throughout the match forces players into a more confined area, leading to intense gun battles. While PUBG features a much larger map and a longer period of time between shrinkages of the safety zone, Fortnite’s smaller map and quicker intervals in the reduction of the play area force players into combat much more quickly. This causes less downtime waiting around for something to happen to provide a sense of instant gratification.

This more streamlined approach, combined with Fortnite’s cartoony graphics and less emphasis on realistic physics, makes for a more friendly experience that can attract more casual gamers not looking for something overly serious and complex to play.