Despite Ariana Grande’s Pull, Fan-Favorite Fortnite Event Loses Major Honor to a Clone in a Different Game

Published 08/29/2022, 9:50 AM EDT

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The war between the most played battle royale game is as inevitable as it gets. Fans have formed a different kind of bond with their favorite games, and sometimes even with their beloved performers. That became even truer when Fortnite’s Ariana Grande event failed to win the award for the “Best Metaverse Performance.”

When this news spread on Twitter, fans began to support their fandoms and make comments against their competitors. All the parties concerned have had a lot of backlash as a result of this. Read further to know what happened after the MTV Video Music Awards.


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Ariana Grande faces defeat in front of a BLACK PINK Rip-off

During the recent MTV Awards, the two most anticipated Meta musical event nominees were Ariana Grande’s Fortnite event and BLACK PINK’s PUBG event. Although many thought that Ariana Grande’s event was an inevitable winner, surprisingly, the award was bagged by BLACK PINK.


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This sparked a lot of backlash among K-pop fans, as Fortnite enthusiasts thought that the BLACK PINK event was a “Cheap clone.” After this, fans from both sides started flooding the comments section to show their support for their beloved artist.

Notably, the fact that BLACK PINK won the award is not a surprise to many, as the award was given on a voting basis. Statistically speaking, Fortnite has around 3 million active players at a given time, while PUBG has 30 million.

Moreover, while Ariana Grande is a very popular western artist, K-Pop fans are much bigger supporters of their idols.

The K-Pop influence is much stronger than it feels

Some fans have even noticed that despite being a solo artist, Grande has approximately 329 million Instagram followers. While Black Pink’s official Instagram handle has 48.8 million followers, each of its four members has a separate following of 62.3 million for Rose, 69.3 million for Jennie Kim, 63.4 million for Jisso, and 81.4 million for Lisa.

Except for the number of followers who may be following all the above-mentioned accounts, all of these numbers come up to a total of 325.2 million followers on Instagram alone.

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Additionally, some were saying that K-Pop fans were constantly trying to inflate numbers for their beloved artists. This at first might sound harsh, but even K-Pop fans can vouch for this, as they know how much their artist has struggled to get to such fame.


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In many south Asian countries, and sometimes even in western countries, the influence of K-Pop music is extremely high. Not just BLACK PINK, Korean boys band BTS also has a very strong influence around the globe. Notably, BTS has been the best-selling artist since 2019.


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But do you think that the PUBG event was a rip-off? Let us know in the comments below.


Written by:

Shivaditya Ghoshal


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Shivaditya Ghoshal is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's in Computer Applications and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Commerce from Lucknow. Shivaditya holds a keen passion for video games and follows all the latest releases and trends in the gaming industry.
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Vibhanshu Kumar