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Surprising stats show how Minecraft is taking over Fortnite's popularity

Published: 16/Jun/2019 13:26

by Connor Bennett

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New data from Google Trends suggests that Minecraft is on the rise and becoming more popular worldwide than Fortnite Battle Royale. But, what does it mean for Epic Games’ title?

Fortnite is quite simply a gaming phenomenon, breaking records all over the place and attracting attention from all corners of the globe. It helps that Epic’s popular game is free-to-play – meaning that anyone with an internet connection and gaming device can get their hands on it.

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However, in recent weeks, this popularity has slowly slipped as players have vented frustrations about new updates and weapons despite the build-up to hugely anticipated World Cup. In fact, the decline has reached such a point that it has been overtaken on Google by another gaming phenomenon.

Epic GamesFortnite’s constant updates has kept it atop the gaming world.

According to new data from Google Trends, Minecraft has once again surpassed the battle royale rival as a Worldwide trend – racking up a growth for the first time since 2017. However, it still lags behind its massive peak from the summer of 2013, where it reached a trends score of 100.

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However, unfortunately for Minecraft, the sandbox game still falls behind the battle royale title in the North American market. The free-to-play giant holds a slender one point lead over the game despite falling off somewhat worldwide.

Fortnite IntelMinecraft has peaked above Fortnite.

Why is Minecraft so popular again?

Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that Epic Games’ battle royale title is immediately going to lose its massive player base to Minecraft and fall off the face of the earth. In fact, there are probably a few reasons for the rising popularity of Minecraft.

One explanation behind the uptick in searches for Minecraft could easily be the fact that a new spin-off game was announced at the recently wrapped up E3 event and that has sparked interest from players.

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Another could simply be that the player base that remains are searching out new downloads like mods, skin packs, and online servers to expand their experience – leading to Google picking up on the growing interest.

It remains to be seen if Fortnite Battle Royale can regain top spot from Mojang’s once massively popular title, or if Minecraft is really back on the rise and the year 2013 is happening all over again.

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How to find Fortnite Season 3’s Fortilla key and open the Vault

Published: 19/Jun/2020 2:13

by Theo Salaun

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Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 flooded the entire map after Midas activated the Device—but now players get their turns to flood something of their own: their inventories with loot stolen from the Fortilla Vault.

Chapter 2, Season 3 changed Fortnite’s map drastically, in one of the biggest revamps ever for the game, namely by washing away most of the game’s northwestern points of interest and sliding in the Fortilla, a brand new set of islands in the southwestern quadrant.

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Aside from wanting an excuse to travel to a new destination, players can now be additionally motivated to explore the Fortilla because they can defeat a boss, obtain a keycard, and then reap the benefits of boundless, formerly vaulted loot.

 

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Fortnite’s Season 3 map, a flooded masterpiece with some intriguing additions.

South of Holly Hedges and west of Rickety Rig, you’ll find the Fortilla: a set of small islands surrounded by about five larger islands—all covered with structures resembling a tropical shanty town.

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How to open Fortilla Vault

  1. Drop at the Fortilla in Fortnite Season 3
  2. Scour the area for Ocean
  3. Eliminate Ocean
  4. Pick up Ocean’s Fortilla Keycard (and other loot)
  5. Follow the Keycard’s directions to find and unlock the vault!

 

As mentioned by YouTube’s ‘Gamerz World,’ the best way to find Ocean is to glide around on one of the map’s boats and listen for her because she’s a talker.

Once you defeat Ocean, you’ll get three great pieces of loot: Ocean’s Burst Assault Rifle, Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug, and the ever-important Fortilla Keycard.

The Chug Jug is a nasty item, as it gives you full health and shields (and offers free refills). The gun is also mighty strong, but not nearly as exciting as the keycard, which will grant you directions and access to the Vault.

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The Fortilla is an expansive set of islands, covered in henchmen and beach decor.

When you have the Fortilla Keycard selected from your inventory, the game will show you arrows towards the Vault. Follow those directions, make it to the Vault, and, voila, loot as far as the eye can see. 

The new Fortilla Vault is the latest in the game since Catty Corner’s Vault was discovered. While you got some sick loot from that one, nothing is quite as quenching as Ocean’s bottomless Chug Jug.