Fortnite celebrates its first anniversary with a limited-time Birthday event

Alonzo Simpson
July 21, 2018

The nodes essentially became overwhelmed searching these longer-than-usual server lists for somewhere to place queuing players, eventually looking for free servers on lists that belonged to other nodes.

The report points out that the revenue comes entirely from in-game purchases, which - in Fortnite's case - offer no competitive advantage to the game.

A limited-time event celebrating the big day will kick off on July 24, giving players the opportunity to earn special cosmetic items by completing birthday-themed challenges and quests.

But if you don't want to play the game enough to unlock these perks, you can also purchase more V-bucks with real bucks, at a rate of 1,000 V-bucks for $9.99.

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Fortnite was not the first game to bring the battle royale genre the to the masses.

Starting on July 24, new in-game challenges will be available. These games are part of a genre known as "battle royale", and as this chart from Statista shows, it's a genre that's working for consumers and, as a result, for creators.

Fortnite is the number one streamed game in the world by far, which has led Epic Games to start their own eSports league. A special birthday Battle Bus and more will also be available in the game during this period. It's expected to make $12.6 billion in revenue this year, up from just $1.7 billion in 2017, and is projected to hit $20.1 billion in 2019. The fact that Fortnite refreshes its world and character themes every couple of months means that, so long as the game stays popular, there's probably going to be a lot more Funko Pops on the horizon.

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