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Fortnite leaving competition in the dust, surpasses Minecraft on YouTube

Published: 13:39, 01 April 2018
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A wooden shack elevated far above a forest in Fortnite
Fortnite: Battle Royale

Epic seems to be riding the golden pony. Their Battle Royale game has spun out of control and into the arms of more people than Epic ever imagined. Fortnite is doing too well, surpassing Minecraft views on YouTube in the past twelve months.

Fortnite has been gaining traction in the past few months. All the streamers are going wild over it, all the players and viewers as well. Recently it has been revealed that since the beginning of 2018, Fortnite has surpassed one of the most popular games of the 2010s, Minecraft.

Epic Games A female character in Fortnite standing on a wooden platform holding a rifle. Fortnite Battle Royale

Thanks to streamers and news outlets around the world spreading the word of Fortnite's success, it now has even more players. So much so that Fortnite YouTube video views have surpassed Minecraft views since the beginning of 2018.

Despite many claiming that Battle Royale games are a fad, they seem to be the most successful fad since the MOBA fad, which still lives to this day.

Thanks to Matchmade, the marketing platform, we know that Minecraft's video views have been declining since mid 2017, while Fortnite's have seen a stale and low view count until September 2017, when it started exploding over the next few months, finally culminating this month. And it looks like it will not be stopping at that, as Epic seem to be supporting the game quite a lot.

Matchmade A chart representing fortnite taking minecraft in youtube views Fortnite - Overtaking Minecraft

Recently, Twitch streamer Ninja garnered about 600,000 views by playing with Drake, the famous hip-hop artist. After that, elrubiusOMG, a Spanish youtuber has topped even that by playing with 99 other streamers in the same game. The livestream hit a 1 million viewer mark, making it a big milestone in streaming, as well as gaming in general.

Epic Games have had a few issues with their servers yesterday. The servers crashed and didn't work for at least a few hours. Supposedly, that's the price you have to pay when you make a game that becomes that popular that fast. The server crash was brought on by a patch for the game, and since then Epic have attempted to fix the issues and have restored functionality, but some features of the game still cause problems.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 4 has finally arrived

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A man with an axe running through a forest in SCUM
Epic's Fortnite: Battle Royale strikes a perfect balance between realism and fun, despite the somewhat casual feel. Whatever your flavour is, the game's got it. Shooting? Building? More shooting? Boogie Bombs? What would you need kind sir?

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