Fake News: Fortnite Battle Royale Isn’t Shutting Down
Fortnite fans have been going through anxious moments for the last few days. It started last week when Fortnite Battle Royale, one of the most popular video games on the planet, was offline for most of the day (Thursday, April 12, 2018) due to emergency maintenance downtime. This made many fans to believe rumors of the game closing down leading to massive wave of panic.
This panic was further fueled when a screenshot of an alleged tweet from the official Fortnite account started doing the rounds online that it is ending “Battle Royale” due to a copyright infringement lawsuit from a competitor.
“Due to the law suit against PubG on copyright infringement. We are sorry to inform you that Fortnite Battle Royale Will be coming to an end May 24, 2018. Save the world will still be in development and we will roll out ASAP. Thank you all for the support,” the tweet dated April 10, 2018 said.
Thankfully, Fortnite game lovers can breathe a sigh of relief as all those rumors of Battle Royale shutting down is completely false.
There are three reasons for us to believe that the tweet is a hoax. Firstly, the tweet dated April 10 like the one above does not show up in the official Fortnite Twitter account feed nor any other social media accounts. Secondly, the incorrect grammar and spelling plus formatting inconsistencies (such as PUBG is incorrectly mentioned as PUBG) can be noticed in the entire tweet. Finally, Epic Games has not made any official announcement about Fortnite’s termination. In fact, Fortnite’s Twitter account has been posting about future updates to the game, and not about ending it.
All those Fortnite fans out there do not fear, as the tweet is likely a hoax. In fact, Fortnite is now back online after Epic Games had briefly shutdown the servers for some emergency maintenance. So, what are you waiting for? Be ready to jump out of the Battle Bus again!!!
The author Kavita Iyer
An individual, optimist, homemaker, foodie, a die hard cricket fan and most importantly one who believes in Being Human