Epic Games, the creator of the hottest game in the world right now, recently launched the Fortnite Summer Skirmish series - the company's own weekly esports tournament where player battle in a duo's tournament to win $250,000.
Because of Fortnite's success, SuperData estimates that games featuring a battle royale mode will earn 12% of all gaming revenue in 2018.
Epic Games announced that Fortnite would be getting a special in-game event to celebrate the game's first birthday. Completing the challenges will get you certain cosmetic rewards in a similar fashion to the usual challenges that appear throughout each season.
Fortnite's first birthday party will run until August 7.
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Finally, players will need to dance in front of 10 different birthday cakes spread around the map to earn the birthday cake spray. Completing the Fortnite Birthday questline will grant players a new Hero, Birthday Brigade Ramirez.
The report also shows that battle royale games as a genre have steadily increased in monthly revenue since October 2017, due in large part to the popularity of Fortnite. Now we know, more specifically, that the issue is related to how many matches the Playground mode made versus the Battle Royale mode. You'll also find birthday llamas spread throughout the map that contain weapons and heroes from previous events.
Only a handful of video games have reached $1 billion in sales, although the number is rising sharply in recent years thanks to microtransactions.
Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
While the game is free-to-play, huge sales of cosmetic items (only purchasable through real money) and advertising helped by celebrity endorsement, helped Epic achieve this milestone.