Fortnite Review – Can the Game Make It as an Esport?
Fortnite has become an increasingly popular game as it has reached a global audience that spans through the consoles, computers, and mobile devices. I, for one, thoroughly enjoy this game, as it is a fresh take to every aspect of the video game world that I once knew when I was younger.
It’s fast, versatile, quick, and brings a whole new aspect to the first-person shooter genre. Some could even say that Fortnite could become the next League of Legends since it has already dominated the Twitch platform, outperforming League of Legends in viewership consistently, day after day.
That being said, could Fortnite make it as an esport? It certainly has already gained enough traction to be considered something of a dominant video game. It’s taking down names like CS:GO, Overwatch, and League of Legends constantly and has already reached the mainstream media in more ways than one.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at the game, the aspects behind it, what makes it such a popular video game, and why we think that Fortnite, as a whole, could become the next big thing when it comes to the esports.
What Is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a free-to-play game which is based around a free-for-all type of circumstance. It combines aspects from the Hunger Games to Minecraft to first-person-shooters like Overwatch or Call of Duty. When a group reaches about hundred players, the game starts, and people are deployed over an island.
The island has different supplies which can help you kill people, like a shotgun or a submachine gun. They also supply bandages and shields to help you get an edge on your opponents. The entire goal of the game is to be the last one standing by any means possible (not through cheating, though!).
You can play in either squads or solo. Either way, you’re focusing on trying to take down everyone you can while making sure that you don’t die in the process. During this time, the island is also shrinking, which means that, at certain points in the game, you will have to keep running towards the center of the island to keep yourself from dying.
The game is in itself a creative and fresh way of seeing first-person shooters. Sure, you can say that they took aspects from PUBG (or Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds) but Fortnite is a whole new ball game compared to what PUBG is.
How Fortnite Compares to Other FPSs
Sure, one can say that Fortnite is exactly like CS:GO, Overwatch, or Call of Duty due to its first-person-shooter theme and the controls you possess. However, it’s far from that. Not only is the game largely focused around either your own actions or the actions of your squadron, but the intentions in Fortnite are also completely different from that of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, or Call of Duty.
In the other FPSs (first-person-shooters), you’re working to either dominate the field or take out an objective. Meanwhile, the sole purpose of Fortnite is to survive the entire time, taking out anyone else who tries to keep you from doing so.
Already, Fortnite possesses a significant difference from the other popular FPS esport games. Going into presentation, the only other FPS which can match Fortnite’s vibrant colors is Overwatch. Both games manage to take a mature game style and make it into something completely different. Fortnite just does it better.
However, the largest thing which separates Fortnite from all the rest of the shooting games is the creativity it instills in the player. You can alter the battlefield to your choosing by either building or destroying.
Your option of using different items to either displace your opponent or help you gain the advantage (i.e., the trampoline) are all aspects of Fortnite which aren’t seen anywhere else. Because of this, Fortnite is truly a unique game that has dominated the first-person-shooter industry.
My Review of Fortnite
For someone who has spent a good amount of his life playing video games in his free time, Fortnite is a game with a lot of potential for the esports world. While most games require a different system for ranking, Fortnite takes into account the in-game performance during your casual play so that you can enjoy a fun time while also ascending the ranking ladder.
Unlike League of Legends, Fortnite does not have a ranked system which punishes. In League of Legends, if you’re paired with a bad team, odds are you’ll lose the match. Since League of Legends is based off of a points system where how many points you have determines your ranking, the game can cause stress and anxiety, especially when you’re dedicated to being the best.
However, for Fortnite, even if you perform poorly, your ranking won’t suffer as much as it would in a League of Legends environment. Fortnite is based off of your individual performance (unless you’re pairing up with a random squad). That being said, you don’t have to depend on your teammates as much.
It’s a game which people want to play over and over—something that most competitive games don’t have nowadays.
If you look at League of Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, despite the games being extremely popular to mass audiences, professionals have consistently stated their disliking for their games. This has not been the case for Fortnite.
In Fortnite, the professional players have admitted to the game being a refreshing and great game to play either competitively or recreationally. This has led to Fortnite becoming a game which has quickly overtaken the audiences from League of Legends and CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive).
Can Fortnite Become an Esport?
The answer is yes. Fortnite, most certainly, can make it as an esport. The notorious esport franchise Team SoloMid has already begun recruiting potential talents for their Fortnite roster. These include names like Myth, Hamlinz, and Daequan.
The game already has hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in on Twitch every single day. Ninja, an extremely popular Fortnite streamer, has helped break the Twitch viewing record by bringing Travis Scott and Drake to play with him.
Fortnite has the instruments needed to launch itself into the esports world. However, it’s not whether or not they can get into esports; the real question lies in if they can make it as a successful esport. That’s where the troubles could lie.
How Would Fortnite Be Played?
Most likely, Fortnite would be played in one of two ways. Either Fortnite would go solo, where any number of pros would play by themselves while trying to outlast the others on the island. Otherwise, there would be team groups where squadrons of four would drop onto the island and fend off other teams together.
My guess is that the squad version would be the more popular of the two since squadrons would have a lot more potential for highlights as well as a bigger opportunity for a comeback if a team is behind. Either way, Fortnite will bring a whole new definition to the first-person-shooter genre.
Potential Problems Behind Fortnite in Esports
Fortnite may be poised to become one of the top esports in the coming future, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t have its own set of problems. When League of Legends came out as an esport, it faced problems with coaching staff as well as regulating tournaments.
When CS:GO came to the field, it had to cope with various troubles in finetuning the game to meet their needs. Fortnite may have some technical problems to deal with, but their problems lie in a whole different spectrum.
In games like Overwatch, CS:GO, and League of Legends, most regions have about seven to eight teams. Sometimes, there can be a few more if needed, but it usually stays around this number. Because Fortnite is a survival-based game with up to one hundred people fighting to keep themselves alive, the number of teams needed would be huge.
The North American region itself has only about five to six teams which expand into various games. Names like Counter Logic Gaming, OpTic Gaming, FaZe Clan, and Team SoloMid would most likely be contenders for a Fortnite esport, but that definitely wouldn’t be enough to suffice.
Since each game could have up to a hundred players, there could be up to twenty-five teams per game since each squad consists of four players. The number of teams needed per region would be huge if they based the esport off of a system which CS:GO or League of Legends implements.
Another problem would be spectating. If the game went off of a system where there would be twenty-five teams, spectating would be one of the hardest things to accomplish. Considering the fact that you can only watch one part of a game every so often, being able to absorb all the action that takes place in such a short span of time would be problematic, to say the least.
The final problem for Fortnite would be finding the pros. Sure, there are millions of players playing Fortnite right now. But finding enough players to play competitively? The challenge is evident without even thinking!
If Fortnite launches as an esport and has four regions competing, that would be four hundred players playing since each island can host up to one hundred players. Sure, four hundred players isn’t a lot considering that there are millions of players playing, but the application process alone could take weeks.
That isn’t even considering the number of teams which would need to be allowed in before Fortnite could start making moves into the world. In conclusion, Fortnite does face some problems in the future. Most games take a while to launch before they can finally make it as an esport.
Overwatch, CS:GO, and League of Legends all took years of meticulous crafting and revising and editing before they finally achieved the spots they’re at now. For Fortnite, this could take double, maybe even triple the amount of time it took for these games to lift off the ground.
A Potential Problem in Cross-Platform
Playing cross-platform sounds like a great idea on paper. You can play with your friends on mobile, computer, or console without ever having to worry about whether you have an Xbox or a PS4, or whether you have a computer, or only have your phone on you.
Fortnite’s ability to turn its game into a cross-platform game has opened itself up to a wide variety of options. We’re not just talking about the console audience here. We’re talking about an audience on the laptops and on the mobile phones as well!
However, this also presents its own set of problems in a different way. Because mobile, console, and computer have their own different set of controls and playstyles, if the game ever goes competitive, Fortnite could face a dilemma in figuring out if a console, phone, or computer would fit best.
Of course, the best option seems to be a computer since it’s more cost-efficient than bringing a large number of consoles and has more versatility than using a phone. However, those who have gotten very good at playing on either a phone or console could face trouble adjusting to the controls of a computer.
Because of this, Fortnite will have a unique set of problems going into becoming a large esport name. It will have to deal with an excessive player pool, finding a sufficient number of teams to satisfy their pro leagues, and make their cross-platform play some type of advantage to their goals.
Betting in Fortnite
Betting in Fortnite could present a range of possibilities for both the betting community and the bettors. It will have some usual aspects that are in esports betting, but it will also have new ways of betting, which I think will be presented.
Possible Ways to Bet
Note, these may not come into play if Fortnite becomes in esport. In the end, it all comes down to where you’re betting. However, these are some of the possible ways in which someone could acquire a fortune betting on Fortnite.
The most obvious way to bet is by deciding which team, or player, will win. However, there would be other ways to bet. Some options could be making a gander on which teams will reach the top ten or who will get the most kills.
Of course, the possibilities are endless, but most betting sites will only have the top betting options to narrow down their options and make the betting experience more profitable and enjoyable for their audience.
Squads or Solo?
There could be a possibility of Fortnite releasing a squad and a solo option for esports. This would mean that, if someone wanted to play by themselves on the professional level, they would play as a solo player. If they had a team, then they would go as a squad.
The question is, though, which one is more profitable to bet on? Could squads make you more money, or would going solo be a better option for the bettors? My thought is that the squad version of Fortnite would definitely make more money if it came out as an esport.
Think about it. Betting on an individual would be much riskier since a player would have to outlast ninety-nine other players. If you’re in a squadron, there are only twenty-five teams to outlast, making it much easier to win the match as well as reach the top ten.
Plus, the chances of making a comeback are much higher as a team since, if you’re hit, you’ll have a chance of being revived rather than being outright eliminated. This makes the chance of winning a bet much higher in squads.
My Overall Review
What do I think of Fortnite? The game is fresh and solid in its gameplay. It’s built a strong community to back it, and already has teams building franchises around the game. The game is vibrant, full of life, and has a wow factor that makes you want to keep playing even if you’re absolute trash at the game.
This is what makes it such an enjoyable experience. It’s built to be an enjoyable game for almost all audiences. The gameplay is superb. The community is even better, and the way it makes anyone feel just adds on to the game’s already awesome reputation.
That being said, I think that this game will make it as an esport. Despite Fortnite having some of the biggest problems to deal with, once resolved, the game will become a pinnacle in the esports world, and I truly think that it will overtake League of Legends.
Fortnite is a game with tremendous potential for the future. Though it isn’t an esport just yet, it’s already begun a campaign to become one of the biggest esports of today. Franchises have already begun to invest in it, and it’s already accumulated a mass audience.
This mass audience includes names like Drake, Travis Scott, and other celebrities ranging from professional athletes to successful businessmen. It’s a game which has started a trend and exploded across the internet.
However, the transition from a recreational game to a game of prestige and professionalism is going to be a hard one. It’s going to test how well the game is developed and whether or not it can survive in the ruthless industry.
If Fortnite messes up, then the game could go downhill and face the biggest video game failure of 2018. However, if the game pulls off its plan right, then Fortnite could take the throne as the biggest esport for the upcoming years.