The new year has brought on rumors that more than one popular online game will be shutting down their servers. Both Roblox and Minecraft are allegedly shutting down their servers this year, worrying fans of the game. And now, Fortnite has been added to the list.
The game has already faced one shutdown scare after the entire game was sucked into a black hole, but now there are rumors flying that the game is actually shutting down for good — and sooner than you think.
Is 'Fortnite' shutting down in 2020?
A rumor started by react2424.com stated that the site would be shutting down in June 2020.
The site says that while the creators are grateful for the success of the game, the servers will be shutting down because of a series of lawsuits the makers of the game are facing.
"We are very happy that our game has made us lots of money, enough to hold up the servers. We made many people happy but sadly we are shutting down due to some recent lawsuits. Thank you for playing," the site claims Fortnite said in a now-deleted tweet.
But if you didn't look at the web page closely enough, you would've missed that the top of the page clearly says that the article is a prank.
"It's a joke :) You've been pranked!" the text at the top of the page reads, hyperlinking to a create-your-own prank webpage to trick your friends.
So Fortnite is not shutting down in 2020 — in fact, the game has continuously performed better than any other game for two years straight, according to the research company Superdata. In 2019 alone, the game brought in $1.8 billion in revenue.
It looks like Fortnite is here to stay, especially since they just released Chapter 2 after their black hole event; the game has a lot more to offer before it goes anywhere.
But Epic Games has faced a series of lawsuits over the games.
If you've been following any of the news around Fortnite, you know that Epic Games, the developers of the video game, have been facing a few lawsuits since the game has gained popularity.
One of the most debated lawsuits Epic Games has faced is over the use of the characters' popular dance moves. The moves, such as the floss, have become incredibly popular since the game's release. But the originators of these moves received no recognition or monetary compensation for the use of their moves — prompting them to sue.
The lawsuits have since been dismissed, according to Polygon, until the dance moves have officially been copyrighted by their creators. If the moves receive their copyrights, the lawsuits will likely be refiled.
Another lawsuit that the game has recently faced alleges that the creators intentionally made the game addictive, likening it to taking cocaine, according to CNET.
The suit, which was filed in Quebec Superior Court in October 2019, claims "The addiction to the Fortnite game has real consequences for the lives of players: Several don't eat or shower, and no longer socialize."
It claims the creators had help from psychologists to make the game more addictive, and that some players have even needed to seek treatment for their dependence on the game.