Everything you need to know about Fortnite
HAVE you heard of the highly popular game Fortnite? Congratulations, you are one the 45 million plus players around the world. If not, here's everything you need to know.
The game is heavily influenced by Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - a Battle-Royale game which places 100 players on a remote island for a winner-takes-all showdown.
Fornite has no single-player campaign and the online component ends as soon as you die - there are no second chances.
Players drop out of a flying purple bus and parachute down to an island below where they try to locate weapons and supplies in distinct regions that will be used to kill others in the game.
To ensure fast gameplay, Fortnite eventually forces players into a shrinking play zone - if you're outside of that area, your health begins to drain until you're dead.
Unlike Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite puts a large focus on crafting, which is made possible from the game's destructible environments.
Once you've collected enough resources to build something, you can begin assembling walls and ramps for protection, with the game also allowing players to create traps.
Available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac iOS - and coming soon to Android - the free video game has attracted 45 million players worldwide since being released around six months ago.
In February, Fortnite achieved a record-breaking 3.4 million people playing at the same time, with the title also now the most-watched release on the world's largest video game-streaming platform, Twitch.
HOW DOES THE GAME MAKE MONEY?
As mentioned earlier, Fortnite is free to download on almost every video game platform.
And with 45 million players worldwide, it might seem like the developer missed its chance to make a fortune from selling the title.
Although, it appears Epic Games is trying to get money from microtransactions - players pay $A12.71 for $1000 of the virtual currency used by the game.
Using the virtual currency players can purchase items for their character which are "cosmetic only and grant no competitive advantage".
Surprisingly, the people playing the game also have a chance to make money from Fortnite, with a player making at least $A445,000 a month from his Twitch subscriptions.