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Fortnite Earned an Insane, Record-Breaking Amount of Revenue in the Month of April

Published: 25/May/2018 2:03 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Albert Petrosyan

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Over the past months, the popularity of Fortnite: Battle Royale has continued to skyrocket, establishing the game as one of the most successful in recent memory.

With numerous global music icons and celebrity athletes regularly playing the game, Fortnite has almost singe-handedly taken the world of online gaming to a whole new level.

As a result of its ever-growing popularity, Fortnite brought in a record-breaking amount of revenue for the month of April, despite the game’s Battle Royale mode being free to play.

According to SuperData, the game earned a whopping $296 million in April, surpassing its own previous mark of $223 million from March, and setting the record for most additional content revenue in a single month by a console game.

Source: SuperData Arcade. Top selling games by digital game sales, April 2018.

When compared to other titles worldwide for the month of April, Fortnite’s earnings made it the top grossing game in the console category, and the fifth in the PC category.

On console, it beat out the recently released God of War, as well as the likes of FIFA 18 and Call of Duty: WWII, two games that are known for their massive rate of in-game microtransactions. 

Since it is free to play, Fortnite’s sole source of revenue comes from its sale of V-Bucks, which is the in-game currency that players use to purchase cosmetic items and the Battle Pass.

The prices start at $9.99 for 1,000 V-Bucks, with the more expensive bundles offering extra V-Bucks as a bonus.

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Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua allegedly banned for FNCS stream-sniping

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 1:12

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.

At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals. 

Although many fans were delighted to hear the news, it was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

 

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.

 

While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.