As people who consume Fortnite content may have noticed, another game is dominating the space today.
Apex Legends is a new free-to-play Battle Royale title developed by Respawn Entertainment based on the Titanfall series.
A press release from Respawn showed popular streamers Myth, Shroud and Dr. Disrespect playing a test version of the game.
With the full release, a lot of Fortnite pros have switched to the game to give it a tryout. Some were paid and some are doing it just for a change. Among the people who tweeted or streamed Apex Legends today instead of or in addition to Fortnite:
Ninja, Daequan, Myth, CouRage, Poach, 72hrs, Cloak, SypherPK, Timthetatman, DrLupo, Hamlinz, NickEh30, Avery and many more.
During Fortnite’s run of popularity, other Battle Royale titles have made brief incursions into the popularity but eventually fallen by the wayside. Call of Duty’s Blackout was popular when the game released but most popular streamers switched back to Fortnite.
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Before that Realm Royale paid a lot of streamers to play the game and it paid off for them at first. With the game’s debut in June of 2018, the average player count was over 30,000 through the month. Now that count is just 3,500 with the lowest month averaging just over 1,000 players at any one point according to Steam Charts.
So the question is will Apex stick around or will it go the way of Realm Royale? Here are some key things to consider when looking at the game and the boom in popularity.
Titanfall was very popular
Much like Epic, Respawn already had experience building a multiplayer shooter before releasing their Battle Royale title. Titanfall 1 released in 2014 and Titanfall 2 followed in 2016. Many people expected Titanfall 3 to come at some point this year.
Instead, this is what players get and according to interviews with Respawn developers, Apex Legends has been their main focus as a company.
Many pro Fortnite players have commented on how the game feels clean and smooth. This comes back to Respawn’s previous experience in this space.
It’s free to play
Being F2P is the main reason Fortnite was as successful as it was. Epic literally changed how game studios operate with the success of Fortnite. Blackout would have had a more dramatic impact on Fortnite’s player base if the game wasn’t blocked behind the $60 Call of Duty entry fee.
To be a true competitor to Fortnite, you have to make the game as accessible as possible. Even a $15 game would stop a lot of people from downloading and making the switch from Fortnite. While this doesn’t apply to popular streamers who get most games for free, it does matter for the Fortnite player base in general.
Fortnite is in a down period
Fortnite’s Season 7 is the longest season to date as Epic took a well-deserved two-week break for the holidays. This has left a lot of dedicated players without challenges to complete until Season 8 begins at the end of the month.
Apex could not have chosen a better time to try to convert Fortnite players. On the flip side, Epic has been quicker than any other developer when it comes to changing the game. Just today they added two new items, vaulted one and changed four more.
They have done and will continue to do everything in their power to keep the game exciting and deliver new experiences to players. The Marshmello concert last week was a perfect example.
What keeps streamers playing a game?
This is the big question. Streamers are motivated by a variety of different factors. First and foremost are viewers. If they average 50% more viewers when playing Fortnite vs. playing Apex Legends, they will play a vast majority Fortnite. If those numbers are the same, they will play the game they enjoy the most.
For some streamers who are built around their personalities like Shroud and Dr. Disrespect, it doesn’t matter what game they are playing. Some Fortnite streamers are nearing that point but for most of them their audience was built playing Fortnite and isn’t guaranteed to stick around through a full game change. This is where the F2P factor can be crucial. People enjoy watching games they play.
The other big factor is competitive players. Many streamers are also pro players. Not all of them are but the majority compete in Fortnite events for money. That could be crucial to Fortnite’s continued presence on Twitch. Even during release a lot of players said they were playing scrims or pop-up cups and then switching to Apex.
Because Fortnite has so much money in prizes pro players are going to have to continue playing the game from a financial perspective. If people who have been splitting time with Apex feel their game start to slip in the next major Fortnite tournament, they may turn back to the game full time.
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What are your thoughts on the new competitor to Fortnite?
When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date
Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.
Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.
Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.
Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.
Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.
When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?
Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.
This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.
When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?
New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.
That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.
Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?
The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!
The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.
What Season is Fortnite on?
Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.
There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.
For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.
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We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.
Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2
Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!
Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.
With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.
Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.
Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.
Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2
In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.
Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.
The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.
Week 1 Omni Chip locations
Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:
Week 2 Omni Chip locations
Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.
Week 3 Omni Chip Locations
Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.
Week 4 Omni Chip Locations
Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.
Week 5 Omni Chip Locations
Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.
Week 6 Omni Chip locations
Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.
Week 7 Omni Chip Locations
Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.
Week 8 Omni Chip Locations
Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.
It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.
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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2
Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.
Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.
Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.
The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.
Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.
Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2
As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.
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There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.
His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.
Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:
- Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
- Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
- Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
- Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
- Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
- Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
- Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
- Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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