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Fortnite hits 2m players on Switch as Nintendo defends crossplay

Published: 08:54, 14 June 2018
Updated: 13:09, 24 September 2018
Epic Games
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Fortnite - Imagine this, but like 200 times more people.

As Epic's global addiction Fortnite: Battle Royale was busy rearranging the Switch's hierarchy by racking up two million downloads in less than 24 hours from launch, Nintendo was defending crossplay implying they don't care what Sony does.

Speaking to Polygon, president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé said that such high demand for Fortnite on the Switch clearly shows demand a portable console that can run Epic's monster royale. Of course, that would disregard the obvious reason, which is that Fortnite is quite likely the most popular game ever, period.

Nintendo have opened their doors to crossplay as well, even though it looks like Sony may have pulled their dirtiest trick ever by Fortnite accounts linked to PlayStation 4 from playing on the Switch. There's still no official word from Phony, but Epic's message in Fortnite suggests they have nothing to do with it.

Intentionally or not, Sony's latest transgression is sure to go down in history as one of the most anti-gaming moves ever. Yeah I said it and I'll keep saying it until the day I die - if you think Sony are helping anyone by maintaining a closed off gaming platform, I'll see you down the line, when I'll be happy to listen to your reasoning. If you come up with one by then.

Even though Fils-Aimé never mentioned Sony directly, he did imply Nintendo doesn't care what they do. "What competitors do is their decision to make. We believe being both developer-forward and fan-forward is the best interest of the game."

Now, we're not going to pull wool over your eyes here, Nintendo hasn't quite been a champion of openness through the years, despite what Fils-Aimé is trying to sell us here. Nevertheless, for once, they're on the right side, even if the reason has more to do with their financial state than actual gaming.

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All that's left for Epic Games is to roll out Fortnite's Android iteration and the company will have covered everything. I already see Skyrim's multi-platform capabilities being replaced in memes by Fortnite - it's probably just a matter of time.

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