Fortnite is everywhere. Mainstream media, check. Schools, check. Professional Sports, check. Perennial birth at the top of the Twitch streaming charts, check. There’s a sense things may have gone slightly awry and we are witnessing the steady rise to world domination of the battle royale title. Here are five times people went too far with Fortnite.
Any parent worth their salt would see their offspring struggle in a particular subject at school and, finances permitting, enlist a tutor to help raise those grades and rekindle confidence. Nothing wrong with this scenario. In today’s crazy world, parents see it fit to have high level players tutor their children in the ways of the battle royale. The reason why; fear that children may be judged or even bullied for lesser skills. This may be blindingly obvious, but it’s just a game. These parents need a reality check.
Fortnite Dance Lessons
If you’re lucky enough to live in a select few locations within the UK, you can now take part in dance lessons specifically geared to getting you up to scratch with those infamous Fortnite emote dances. You know, the floss and take the L, instead of say a discipline with a rich heritage stretching back hundreds of years like ballet. Don’t believe us? Check out this tweet from the BBC. It must be said, the classes are to promote fitness, which is commendable, and must be fun for kids obsessed with the game. Back in my day, you’d pick up a slowly deflating football and leg it to the nearest open field at the slightest hint of sunshine. Kids these days.
Fortnite Lazer Tag Theme Park
Whether not the owners have Epic Games’ blessing (let’s face it, they clearly don’t), a theme clearly borrowing heavily from what will invariably be a fad that fades into obscurity within a few years, seems a little overkill. Then again, we do have theme parks dedicated to the biggest animated movie characters. It’s all so confusing and we’re starting to lose the plot a little. We aren’t even convinced this isn’t okay anymore.
Antoine Griezmann’s ‘Take the L’ At The World Cup
Fortnite managed to surreptitiously infiltrate the biggest sporting event in the world when French striker Antoine Griezmann opted to deliver a perfect rendition of the now ubiquitous Take The L dance after scoring a penalty in the knock out stage match against Argentina. The celebration seemed to attract more attention than the goal itself, which put France in good stead for their win over the South American side and set them up for their victorious run in the event. Footballers are prone to fanfare and celebrations are a great way to spice up the occasional monotonous match. But, Fortnite? Surely these grown men with weekly salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars should be practicing kicking a ball around instead.
Drake Plays Fortnite
The world pretty much went ape shit when Drake appeared on Ninja’s stream for a friendly game of everyone’s favourite 100-player shoot-and-build fest. He’s not alone though. Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper, and Josh Hart to name but a few have all voiced their love for the game. You can’t help thinking there’s some nefarious intentions powering these overtly public admissions of involvement, as if saying you play Fortnite might be a quick entry point to a huge market of impressionable children with considerable spending power by way of their parents’ credit card. Just saying.