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Are Warframe and Fortnite the exception or the rule?

The discussion about the future of monetization in gaming, and the free-to-play model’s place in it, is not new. In fact, it’s been a point of discussion for as long as free-to-play games have been around. Ten years ago, the free-to-play model had a bad reputation among gamers — it was a phrase seen often as interchangeable with pay-to-win, and a warning sign for anybody hoping to play anything other than an elaborate grift. Today… people still see it that way, but with far more caveats and asterisks on that opinion than before. There’s no end to the number of…


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Making a great experience even better

In only a few short months, Fortnite Battle Royale has gone from a humble and barebones free-to-play mode for a base-building horde defense cooperative game, to a massive cultural phenomenon with tons of content injected into the game at a constant rate. Epic Games has shown a willingness to throw anything at the wall, from quirky power-ups to entire game modes. Their willingness to try pretty much anything makes Fortnite a great creative experiment, and it’s an exercise I’m happy to indulge in.

Some of these might be pipe dreams or sound like the dumbest ideas ever, but here’s my…


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PUBG‘s waning player count isn’t all Fortnite’s fault

January of this year saw PUBG Corp’s eponymous battle royale shooter achieve its highest player count ever, hitting over 3.2 million concurrent players — more players in a single game at the same time than any game ever on Steam. Six months later, PUBG has lost nearly 60% of its player base, now sitting at around 1.2 million concurrent players.

So, what happened?

Sure, we can blame the unfathomable success of Fortnite for peeling off some of those numbers, but the mass exodus of established, financially invested players in such a short amount of time tells us less about how…


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Epic’s approach is a welcome departure from the formula

With Blizzard’s wildly successful inaugural season of the Overwatch League coming to its Grand Finals this week, and League of Legends’ NA LCS in full swing, it’s hard take so much of a glance at anything even gaming-adjacent and not see esports everywhere. In a few short years, esports went from something people only took seriously in Korea, to a thriving industry that attracts the eyes of more than 400 million worldwide. Esports is a serious business, with real leagues and real franchises, with real athletes and real stakes. …


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Embrace the weirdness

Warframe is a weird game. I won’t get too deep into its baffling development history — though I highly recommend everybody check out Noclip’s documentary series on the game — but everything from Warframe’s art style, to story, to gameplay structure, to business model, to its ever-growing success, is weird. It’s a weirdness that might scare people away, or prove too daunting at first glance. But it’s also a weirdness a hell of a lot of people are on-board with, as is evident by its #4 position for concurrent players on Steam.


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Fortnite players on PS4 are seeing pettiness brought to a whole new (and legally dubious) low

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced the release of Epic Games’ hugely popular Fortnite for the Switch. Fans were very excited about the prospects of dying embarrassingly fast on the go without getting to blame it on touch controls, with Nintendo reporting it had already been downloaded more than two million times in its first 24 hours. But that excitement was quickly met with confusion and anger as many players realized their accounts wouldn’t be accepted on Nintendo’s platform. It turns out, if you’ve played Fortnite on the Playstation 4, you’re locked out on Switch — permanently.

Anybody familiar with the…


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Epic is unafraid to break their battle royale juggernaut if it means keeping players coming back — and it’s paying off

Last week, Epic Games added its first vehicle into the hugely popular battle royale game Fortnite. Well, sort of — it’s a shopping cart, and players have been having a blast tearing around the map with a friend in the basket, crashing off jumps, and generally trying to break the game with it. It’s the latest in a series of temporary items Epic has thrown into the game, coming just after jetpacks made their debut, and the Infinity Gauntlet and gravity crystals before it.


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From lukewarm release to competitive juggernaut: why the industry should take notice

With over 130,000 concurrent players and 5 million total, Ubisoft’s squad-based tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege is kind of a big deal. Rarely in its lifetime has it ever dipped below its spot in the top five most-played games on Steam, and its clout as both a competitive powerhouse and a spectator darling have only grown with time. It’s a game beloved by its fans, and admired by its competitors. But most people familiar with the game know that it wasn’t always this way, and it took developer Ubisoft Montreal a lot of faith and perseverance to make it the…


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Fortnite’s lack of support for seasoned players will cost them — and their competition knows it

With over 45 million total players and a steady 3 million concurrent, Fortnite is the reigning champion of the battle royale genre (sorry, PUBG). But while pretty much everybody is playing, Epic Games is still dragging its feet to give a lot of gamers the experience they’ve been begging for. I’m talking about the competitive Fortnite experience, and what needs to happen in order to keep this game on top for years to come.

Fortnite is a game with a very high skill ceiling. Anybody can drop in and figure out how to pick up a weapon, take out an…


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Casual or Competitive, these Fortnite bots are sure to enrich your Discord server

Fortnite has taken the world by storm. The free-to-play, cross-platform 100-man battle royale game from the whizzes at Epic Games has quickly become one of the most-played games of the year, and for good reason. It’s no surprise, then, that a boon of Discord bots have appeared to meet the demand. I’ve spent the last week testing a bunch of Fortnite bots and I’ve compiled a short list I think every gaming server needs to check out.

Fortnite Stats

Prefix: !ftn

Jared Lee

I like doodling and talking about games and stuff.

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