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, but the shooter is late to the eSports market. It’s timely arrival coincides with huge growth in the sector though, Statista reports that the industry has grown from being worth around $130m worldwide in 2012 to $1.79bn by 2022.
Whilst the Fortnite World Cup shot straight to the top of the Twitch charts, another World Cup on a different platform has had gamers hooked. FIFA is a cultural phenomenon that has even been credited with helping drive soccer as a sport across the United States. Whilst tournaments have taken place for many years, FIFA’ ‘Ultimate Team’ mode has become an eSport in its own right and earns Electronic Arts huge sums through add-ons sales. Trading in Ultimate Team players has become a skill in itself and a vital part of the game. An article by bwin Sports explains how you can get ahead in the world of FIFA 20 ultimate team and put together a team you could perhaps take to the next FIFA World Cup. Building your team and honing your skills is almost as much a part of FIFA’s ‘FUT’ mode as actually beating an opponent.
Overwatch is another game, not unlike Fortnite in that it is a shooter, which has taken the eSports world by storm. Players who participate in the official league receive a host of benefits such as a minimum salary of $50,000, up to $5 million in total prize pool money, health insurance, a retirement savings plan, and housing during the season. As Fortnite becomes the most popular shooter on the circuit, as well as the dominant force in eSports across the spectrum of titles, it’s going to surely bring the same benefits to its top players too.
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.