Fortnite celebrates its first birthday with rewards for players

Funko is Making a Bunch of Fortnite Toys

Funko is Making a Bunch of Fortnite Toys

As it turns out, Fortnite actually had the server capacity to handle all of the people looking to create Playground matches - where it failed was in the matchmaking service itself.

It's a particularly impressive number considering the game is free to play and has been out for about a year. In the game, an entirely optional $10 Battle Pass allows players to earn and collect in-game currency called V-bucks, which they can spend on costumes, accessories and dance moves for their playable character. The good news is that the work Epic had to do to bring Playground mode back online will continue to benefit the game as it grows further, and the hope is that we won't see another failure like this again.

Epic explains that Fortnite's matchmaking service (MMS) relies on nodes that put players in open servers that match their requested regions.

Announced today, Funko has teamed up with Epic Games to release a line of toys and products based on the game of the moment, Fortnite. These games are part of a genre known as "battle royale", and as this chart from Statista shows, it's a genre that's working for consumers and, as a result, for creators.

According to Epic Games' most recent blog post, "Starting July 24th, we'll be celebrating #Fortnite1st with a limited time in-game event!" SuperData predicts that games which feature a battle royale mode will earn 12 percent of all gaming revenue in 2018. Most importantly, however, is the promise that this Fortnite merch lineup will be released worldwide, so you won't have to go hunting for Target exclusives on the other side of the world.

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