sep 26, 2017 - Fortnite releases Battle Royale mode
This is the true start of Fortnite taking over the gaming industry. In September of 2017, Fortnite releases a completely free-to-play Battle Royale game that simultaneously released on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. The game immediately rose to the top of the charts, beating out competition such as PUBG. It immediately caught attention of a massive audience and celebrity endorsements helped it gain national attention. Music artist Drake was watched by millions playing on streaming website Twitch. He was joined by players from the NFL, such as Juju Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fortnite dances could be seen on TV after NFL players score touchdowns. The game was simply taking over pop culture.
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Timeline of Fortnite