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How Fortnite blew up in 2018

With more than 200 million registered users, Fortnite is arguably the most popular video game in the world right now. Tom Power and CBC​ Front Burner host Jayme Poisson play the game in the q studio and discuss how it became such a cultural and economic powerhouse.
Gamers play Fortnite against Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins during Ninja Vegas '18 at Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino on April 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Blevins is playing against more than 230 challengers in front of 700 fans in 10 live Fortnite"games with up to USD $50,000 in cash prizes on the line. He is donating all his winnings to the Alzheimer's Association. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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With more than 200 million registered users, Fortnite is arguably the most popular video game in the world right now. Since its launch in 2017, it's become a pop culture phenomenon, but the video game really took off this year.

In 2018, Fortnite​ broke a record when eight million people played at the same time and it's reported to have brought in two billion dollars in profits for Epic Games. So how did a free-to-play game become such a cultural and economic powerhouse?

"What Fortnite has done is break all the rules around what makes a successful video game," says Tom Power, who's a big fan of the game. He teamed up with CBC​ Front Burner host Jayme Poisson, a novice player, to play the game in the q studio and discuss how it became such a cultural and economic powerhouse.

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