Few games have the mass appeal and cultural impact as Fortnite has had over the past few years, so why was it ranked so low on FanSided 250?
2019’s FanSided 250 — “the annual celebration of fandom” — has gone live, ranking the “hottest 250 fandoms of the year.” Only nine games made the list this year, a shockingly low number considering how much of an impact gaming has on society. Of those games, Fortnite — Epic Games’ massively popular battle royale game — checked in at number 169 on the list. It is ranked six among the games.
This is a shockingly low placement. For the past few years, Fortnite has been one of the most popular games, with the latest player count from earlier this year topping 250 million registered players and rising. Its record concurrent player count stands at 10.8 million with around 78.3 million people logging in each month.
Suffice to say, there are a ton of people playing Fortnite and I’m shocked to see it so low on the list. Fortnite has seeped into every aspect of our culture. From its competitive eSports scene to references in movies (like Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame) to random kids busting out the various dance moves in public, Fortnite is everywhere. It had even taken over MLB clubhouses.
Fortnite may not have been the first battle royale game, but there are a ton of reasons it has become one of the most popular. It’s one of the most polished and mechanically sound games. It’s free-to-play, making it easily accessible by everyone. And its cartoonish graphics and fun dance emotes and cosmetics make it appealing to gamers of all ages.
How many kids have you seen doing “The Floss”? What’s crazy is that “The Floss” isn’t even an original Fortnite dance move. It was stolen from Russell Horning, aka the “Backpack Kid.” And there are a ton of other dance lawsuits pending.
Fortnite‘s success has inspired countless clones attempting to capitalize on the growing genre. Even Call of Duty, the most successful first-person shooter franchise from Activision, tried to hop on the battle royale bandwagon with Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode.
Fortnite has even been used as a marketing tool. Disney has partnered with Epic Games to run special in-game events for some of its biggest movies, most notably for Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. In fact, this weekend, Fortnite will be hosting a special sneak peek exclusive scene from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will be shown at Risky Reels, the in-game drive-in theater.
We’ve seen video game tie-ins, but nothing like the scope and magnitude of which Fortnite does it. I mean, this is a game that held a virtual concert for Marshmello.
Fortnite is behind FIFA 20, Pokemon, NBA 2K, Madden and Minecraft in terms of gaming fandoms. While those games have passionate followings, I can’t believe that it is so low on the actual FanSided 250 list.