In October, Epic released “Fortnite Chapter 2,” and it came with a two-month season to earn Battle Pass rewards. A month in, and Epic has announced it will extend Season 1 until February 2020. The announcement, posted on Epic’s official website, notes that the extension is in preparation for the game’s “new holiday-themed updates.” The blog post also alludes to “new game features, free rewards and a live experience that you won’t want to miss.”
It was initially speculated that this live experience will be similar to last December’s “14 Days of Fortnite.” Epic has refuted that rumor, and instead promised “even more content for you [players] to unwrap, including new game features, free rewards and a live experience that you won’t want to miss.” Given the massive success of “14 Days of Fortnite,” it might be safe to say that Epic will have something big for the game’s loyal fans.
A Timely Refresh
As we pointed out previously, “Fortnite” was due for a revamp, and thankfully Epic did so perfectly. The black hole event that prefaced “Fortnite’s” 40-hour shutdown was sublime and gave the shutdown a sense of mystery. Ultimately the 40-hour wait proved to be worth it, as the game has been well received by both players and critics.
To be fair, Epic could’ve kept the status quo. “Fortnite” reportedly raked in $2.4 billion in revenue last year, and is still being played by millions around the world. Yet, Epic pushed “Fortnite” further into the mainstream through movie tie-ins with “Avengers: Endgame” and “John Wick: Chapter 3,” as well as virtual concerts with Marshmello and Weezer. This shows how the company is always looking to improve the experience.
Branching out to eSports
This year Epic tapped into the massive eSports market, as it held the first-ever “Fortnite World Cup.” Forbes’ preview on the “Fortnite World Cup finals” noted how the prize pool was an eye-popping $100 million, with the winners in both the Solo and Duos category receiving $3 million.
No wonder this premier event attracted 40 million players worldwide. And many of the players were affiliated with the world’s best eSports teams, including arguably the very best eSports team in the world—Team Liquid. Ladbrokes details how Team Liquid is the highest earning eSports team as they have earned over $24 million across various tournaments. The team were well represented in the “Fortnite World Cup,” with Riversan, Poach, Vivid, 72hrs, Chap, Cented, and Fiber all vying for the $3 million grand prize. Only Vivid and Riversan, though, got to the finals. The fact that only two players from such a top team made it through to the qualifiers is a testament to both the high level of competition and the sheer volume of players in the tournament. That will likely be the case again next year, should Epic make the tournament an annual event.
On to 2020
For the meantime, “Fortnite” players can continue enjoying Season 1 until February 2020. And if there are any more surprises from Epic, rest assured that The Burn-In will keep you abreast with whatever they are cooking up.