Fortnite talks game modifications while players design forts and resell skins, all while crushing PUBG

There’s a lot of stuff swirling around the Fortnite community of late, starting with adjustments to the game’s Blitz mode to reduce how many resources you gain at once. It made farming materials a little too trivial, and so you’ll have to deal with slightly fewer resources. It’s an attempt to modify player behaviors with mechanics, which is also why the game removed friendly fire options; forcing players to play together was an effort to combat toxicity instead of rewarding nastiness for the heck of it.

Off of the official side, players of the game are reselling special Twitch Prime skins via eBay, which involves some shady (read: patently disallowed) account sharing antics. On the less shady side, a dedicated player has put together a fort designer to help players on a time budget come up with good fortifications to deploy in-game for the Battle Royale mode, so you don’t need to become paralyzed with choice before someone snipes you from halfway across the map.

Meanwhile, as SuperData notes, Fortnite is continuing to crush PUBG.

“Fortnite has already overtaken PUBG in many success metrics,” says the analytics firm. “During the last week of February, Fortnite had 14.0M unique viewers on Twitch compared to 8.7M for PUBG. Compare this to their performance in the fourth week of January when PUBG had 8.5M unique viewers while Fortnite had 6.1M. In February, Fortnite passed PUBG in total revenue on PC and console ($126M versus $103M). While Fortnite continues its steady upward trajectory, PUBG revenue peaked in December (the month it left Steam Early Access on PC and launched on Xbox One).”

What’s behind all that? Accessibility, SuperData argues: Fortnite is F2P, it beat PUBG to console, and it has cartoonish graphics. It also doesn’t have quite the cheating problems PUBG does.

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I saw a CNN article the other day about how a group of NBA players are getting hooked on playing Fortnite. Famous athletes playing your game certainly doesn’t hurt it.

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Serrenity

In its current form, the game is just too shallow to hold interest for long in the battle Royale mode. PUBG had effectively the same issue – the game mode itself is shallow and not very sticky.

Give it another few months and we’ll be reading about the new shiny that attracted the attention of gaming locusts and ‘dethroned’ Fortnite.

That’s not to say I think Fortnite will go away – I think the PvE will be gangbusters and Battle Royale will just be an alternative game mode. It just won’t be the darling child it is now.

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Grifter17

“the game is just too shallow to hold interest for long in the battle Royale mode. PUBG had effectively the same issue – the game mode itself is shallow and not very sticky.”

In a few days PUBG will be celebrating One Year since Early access Launch…. Its still destroying everything that not Fortnite right now … How is that not Sticky !!!

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Jesse Schulkers

While I like Fortnite I find it hard to compare playerbases. One is a free to play title and the other has an entry fee. Also, while they share the same general theme (battle r oyale) they play very very differently. For the glaring example- PUBG has ADS on every gun. In fortnite on almost every weapon you pray to RNGesus for your shots to go where you want. Another example is PUBG has a heavy demand for good positioning. Fortnite you can make cover at a whim and it becomes a game of peekaboo.

Fortnites fine and all but I just cant compare sales when Fortnite doesn’t really sell a game. It gives it to you. That entry fee is a lot easier to swallow.

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PurpleCopper

Inevitable really, not only does PUBG have a cheater problem, but it’s buggy, badly optimized, slow content update, and game matches takes way too long to finish.

Remember when Bluehole threw a hissy fit and issued a vague threat to sue Epic when Fortnite Battle Royale mode was initially released? Looks like even back then Bluehole knew that Fortnite BR mode was better than PUBG and would overtake them.

Back then I thought Bluehole were being paranoid, but apparently their fears were 100% correct.

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John Kiser

It is funny because tencent has an investment in both bluehole and Epic so it is kind of silly. You kind of wonder if they are like “shut up shut up shut up” to bluehole lol

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Sorenthaz

Helps that a ton of big name streamers are all jumping on the Fortnite train and milking it while the milking is good. Even some semi-noteworthy fulltime LoL streamers have quit streaming LoL in favor of Fortnite.

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K38FishTacos

That’s the first thing I thought about. Good. Now the pros are moving over to FN and normal people (a.k.a. scrubs like me) can play PUBG with a better chance to win without some pro-streamers.

Lots of Destiny streamers jumped on the FN bandwagon, too.