A few days ago, googling Fortnite Battle Royale’s Tilted Towers point of interest would actually bring up a Google Maps result – at the Freedom Tower in New York City.
Kotaku’s Heather Alexandra was searching the internet for references when writing a story about the Cube crushing a building in Tilted Towers – one that had only just been built – when she stumbled upon a Google Maps result for the location in real life.
This wasn’t a place that was just called Tilted Towers, or an unfortunately misspelled business – this was a listing for the actual in-game Tilted Towers on Google Maps. And then best part is – it was found at the One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower in New York City.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Freedom Tower is the largest skyscraper in New York City, standing at 546m. It is also the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, being built to remember the previous two World Trade Center towers, which fell down on September 11, 2001 after a devastating terrorist attack.
The Google Maps listing, located right where the new Freedom Tower is, states that Tilted Towers is actually a nightclub and had genuine reviews from Google Maps users talking about the in-game location.
The location has been removed now by Google, but the reason it was there in the first place was because any user can add a place to Maps – I’ve done it for some local businesses before, and it’s incredibly easy with relatively no checks to make sure they were legit.
Either way, it’s a ridiculous find – and quite a funny one at that. For a second, Tilted Towers was an actual place on Google Maps.