A special event that marked the end of Fortnite's tenth season has plunged players into a black hole.
Players logged in Sunday to participate in an event called "The End" as the game prepares to launch the next release. But around 2 pm ET, a rocket on the island where Fortnite has created the game landscape, dragged all players into a black hole, leaving only one dark screen and a rotating black hole. Of course there was no way for users to continue playing.
Fortnite is one of the most popular video games, especially popular with teenagers. Even four hours after the end of the game, about 50.000 people were still actively watching the live streaming of the game's black hole at YouTube, others at 100.000 watched it on Twitch.
Games like Fortnite occasionally “get down” for server maintenance, usually frustrating users. But for the most part, Fortnite is known for its ever-changing updates, so it probably is. It is unclear how long the interruption will last. Epic Games, the manufacturer of Fortnite, said nothing about it theme.
The blackout caused some users to Twitter to assume that Epic Games really brought it to an end play. But most believe it to be one strategy to spark users 'enthusiasm for Fortnite's next season, following users' interest in the game in recent months.
"This year's 10 season is coming to an end and all this is advertising for the 11 season," Breslau told CNN Business. “Instead of Epic's standard update approach for Fortnite ... created an entire campaign marketing and social media, with a story about it. "
Breslau called Sunday's black hole explosion and subsequent stoppage as "the most fun game event in history", with millions of spectators in Twitch and YouTube. "Epic Games did something genius," he said.
A statement from PlayStation on Twitter assured players that the digital money and "inventory" they have in the game will not be lost because of this disruption. After Fortnite stopped, some users also complained that they could no longer log in to play other games from Epic. The company confirmed on Twitter that it was having some problems, but said a little later that it had all returned to normal.
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