Video game has fans pulling all-nighters

The ‘Battle Bus’ that players enter the island through.

Jacob Brase | Staff Writer

One hundred players. One giant island. The Last Man standing wins.

Sound familiar? Fortnite: Battle Royale is an online video game which sprouts from the ‘Hunger Games’ genre, where contestants only have one goal: survive. Each player starts in the ‘Battle Bus’ where they skydive, then pick a place on the map to start. What happens next is total chaos, as contestants acquire weapons, attack their opponents, or simply fight to stay alive.

Upon the release of ‘Battle Royale’ on September 26, the game has amassed over 30 million players to date. Epic Games can credit most of this rapid success to the game being free, a rarity among popular video games. Most students at Mason High School have been introduced to the game through social media, where their friends who play often post their accomplishments. Senior Connor Gary said the social media presence of ‘Battle Royale’ makes many people want to play.

“I’ve seen many of my friends post pictures on their Snapchat stories,” Garry said. “There’s also a lot of memes and gameplay on Twitter. Social media shows people who haven’t seen the game before and it makes them say ‘Wow I want to be better than you,’ and it really introduces people to the game.”

When a player wins the game, a screen appears declaring themself‘#1 Victory Royale’.

Junior Nick Krueger, who is approaching 300 wins in Fortnite, said people posting this screen provokes competition among players.

“If you see someone putting five wins up on their snapchat story, you kind of want to be competitive with them,” Krueger said. “People get jealous, and people get mad when they lose, it just has an addictive aspect to it.”

Krueger said ‘Fortnite’ has something special about it that will give the game continued success in the future.

“It never gets old, whether it’s playing with friends, or the survival aspect to it, I just can’t get enough,” Krueger said. “A lot of other games get old quickly, but I don’t see the success of this one ever slowing down.”