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Fortnite fans counter negativity with Easter weekend thank-yous



Fortnite players took to Twitter over the weekend to thank Epic Games, after a wave of negativity was targeted at the game.

When something gets as widely popular as Fortnite has, which was even able to grab the attention of Deadpool, it means there are more and more people that need to be kept pleased.

Over the weekend, #RipFortnite was spotted trending on Twitter. Not because Fortnite had been shut down or anything, but it because it had become a catch-all for criticism fans had against the game.

The introduction of skill-based matchmaking, which meant that players of similar skill levels would face off against each other, was accused by casual players as making the game too focused on the competitive angle.

Meanwhile, the competitive players were claiming that they weren’t being catered for due to a lack of consistent updates.

Complaints of server issues and a lack of communication from Epic Games was also widespread.

With this sudden rush of negativity being lobbed at Fortnite, there also appears to have been a push against it, with other fans taking to Twitter to thank Epic Games for its efforts.

It certainly seemed to work, as it got a new hashtag, #ThankYouEpicGames, trending instead.

There were a variety of reasons for players’ gratitude, ranging from simply keeping them entertained during the coronavirus-induced lockdown to kicking off the careers of streamers and other content creators.

While Epic Games no doubt appreciate the support from these fans, it should be noted that the #RipFortnite was somewhat hyperbolic, as the game continues to be stupidly popular, arguably even more so thanks to self-isolation.

Even with new competition arising in the form of games like Call Of Duty: Warzone, it’s safe to see that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere.

Fortnite is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, iOS and Android devices.

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