A new SuperData report (via GamesIndustry.biz) shows that Fortnite has made more than $1 billion off in-game purchases alone. "It represented the first time we've been able to bring together a high concentration of some of Fortnite's most talented players and community creators all in one game".
July 24 is the official start of #Fortnite1st across social media and players will be getting a shot at some new rewards with birthday-themed challenges.
"Each challenge you complete will unlock a slice of the birthday cosmetic set".
Enemies in the game (called husks) will also be in on the action, with certain husks carrying exploding birthday cakes as you defend your forts. For instance, dealing 1000 damage will unlock a "Birthday!" emote while playing 14 matches nets you 5,000 XP. By completing this questline, players will earn the new Birthday Brigade Ramirez hero. You'll also find birthday llamas spread throughout the map that contain weapons and heroes from previous events. That precise recipe for success is working wonders for Epic Games, which is raking in cash hand-over-fist from Fortnite. This is why the company is reportedly increasing its number of servers in preparation for the inevitable influx of competitors in the game, Express reports. In short, it's about to get a lot more Fortnite-y up in here. Using visuals and sounds from the game, FORTNITE: The Movie follows a group of battle royale participants dropping from the party bus and fighting to the death.
You can find the current the current Fortnite Summer Skirmish leaderboard above, although this will change as the tournament continues.
For the time being we can assume that the downtime and new update is intended so Epic Games can address a couple of the issues that are now labled as "fixed for next release" on the Fortnite Trello board. The genre is expected to make $12.6bn in revenue this year across all games, up from just $1.7bn in 2017.