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Fortnite: A Gamechanger in eSports?

Fortnite is the game of the hour. Epic Games has really taken it off: Dance battles, cosplay competitions, and talk rounds have taken place on the show stage; there was even a Fortnite theme park at Gamescom. It’s huge!

Starting just last year, Fortnite conquered not only children’s, but also their parents’ living rooms in the meantime. Becoming a worldwide gaming hit from a standing start, Fortnite might also be the next big thing for professional players. The eSports industry is facing a potential blockbuster.

What is Fortnite?

In the so-called “battle royale” mode, Fortnite allows up to 100 players to compete simultaneously in a gradually shrinking area. Each player can choose his or her own starting position on a map by landing there with a motorized paraglider. The principle of the game is simple: It is about survival. Everyone against everyone, the last man standing wins.

Read the whole article by Prof. Schmidt for "The eSports Observer"