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The 'Fortnite' Before Christmas: Video Game Draws In 200 Million Players Worldwide

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Set in a post-apocalyptic world of builders, the battle royale-style video game Fortnite is all about survival. The game has grown into a cultural phenomenon in the last year. What makes Fornite so influential? Author Jordan Shapiro, Dexerto Network producer Troy Tuttle and Alamo City eLeagues founder Chris Saenz speak to "The Source." 

With a player base of at least 200 million people worldwide, the video game Fortnite is showing no signs of slowing down. An estimated 8.3 million players are regularly online at the same time, almost double the number of registered users since February. 

Fortnite is available on a variety of video game platforms, from consoles like Xbox One and Playstation 4 to personal computers and mobile phones. Users can take part in live matches as individuals or play in squads, learning to survive by gathering resources, shooting zombies and thinking creatively to build or destroy structures.

Although the game is free to play, Fortnite has shown massive earning potential since its release in 2017.

Developer Epic Games raised $1.25 billion in its latest round of financing. For players, recording and streaming matches can earn talented gamers thousands of dollars online. Plus, the practice of skills-based betting on game outcomes is cropping up into the mainstream. 

How is Fortnite changing the future of esports and the gaming industry? What are the drawbacks to having a popular game capture the attention of millions, especially kids? 

With the season 7 iteration just days away, how can we expect to see the game evolve? 


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This interview aired on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.