Fortnite canonizes content creators with their own in-game skins

Who asked for this?

    
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We guess it pays to shill as hard as you can for a game because you never know when the developers are going to kiss your feet and make you into an idol. That may be a cynical way to look at how the developer-influencer relationship works, but it’s also what’s happening in Fortnite right now.

Epic Games announced that it is launching an “Icon Series” of character skins in the store that will “bring the artistic vision, personality, and attitude of top creators” to the multiplayer shooter. First up for this digital exaltation is the popular Fortnite gamer and streamer Ninja, who praised this “miracle” and urged everyone to buy the skin in order to worship his High Holy Blue Hair: “I had people I admire and look up to congratulate me, I got to share this experience with friends.”

More of these Icon Series collaborations are in the works for influencers such as Loserfruit and TheGrefg.

Source: Fortnite

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Carlo Lacsina
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Carlo Lacsina

The skin has Ninja’s eyes lol

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Sorenthaz

This took them way too long to do IMO. They should’ve done this a year ago when the content creator hype was in full swing.

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Danny Smith

But you can only use the skin when you refuse to play with women.

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Freddy

Made me chuckle.

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rafael12104

Not a fan. But to be fair, he has done a great job (minus the New Years Eve live floss dance, Kewk!) maintaining and promoting himself and Fortnite in general.

But, his manner and treatment of other streamers, especially the obscure and unknown, bothers me.

And yet, the market will win out. Kudos to Ninja for understanding that and taking chances. He has a shoe that apparently sold out the first day of sale. It wasn’t a huge run, but still, it shows he knows his audience. And, this skin should be a huge take too.

So, onward and upward. Hopefully other games, much more deserving games, get a lift from streamers too.

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TomTurtle

Nice looking skin.

Not surprising to see crossovers like this happen more and more as video games get more popular, imitating what’s long been common in other industries. We’ve wanted more legitimacy for video games, well, we’re gonna get all the good and bad that comes with it.

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Robert Mann

Cynical? Realistic.

People have decided they like this stuff, for whatever reason, and so with money/fame comes the other…

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Random MMO fan

Well, whether you like him or not – he did a lot to attract more players to Fortnite, back when he was streaming on Twitch. No surprises Epic decided to do this. Surprising they did not do this earlier.

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shloo

His bicep in the skin is about 3 times the size it is in real life