Is Fortnite Really Dying Because Of SBMM?

Published 11/13/2020, 12:03 PM EST


Over the three years of its release, Fortnite has gradually shifted from “the biggest game” to “one of the biggest games” in the world. Naturally, a single game cannot dominate the gaming scenario forever, but Fortnite’s downfall has some very interesting aspects attached to it.

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YouTuber thatdenverguy believes that Fortnite feels different now, and he talked about the same in a recent video:

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Any game that flourishes globally owes its success to the several content creators who promote it, and Fortnite is no exception. Since the game released, streamers like Ninja, Tfue and Lachlan, among others, played the game restlessly. In return, they are some of the biggest names on Twitch and YouTube currently.

During its peak, the relationship between Fortnite and content creators was beneficial to both the parties; however, change is inevitable.

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Who left Fortnite, casuals or content creators?

Fortnite’s meta primarily depends on building, and that differentiates it from any other battle royale game. Accordingly, every new player takes up a decent amount of time to even understand the basics of the game.

In the initial seasons of Fortnite, everyone was learning the game, and it was more enjoyable than ever. Surprisingly, a majority of players didn’t even build while taking gun fights until season 3.

However, with time, the veterans increased their skill set. Also, content creators like Ninja and Tfue improved drastically and went miles ahead of casual players. Accordingly, the game became more competitive than ever.

At a time like this, skill based match-making became a nightmare for the content creators because they always matched in try-hard lobbies where everyone was good at the game. Gaming content usually revolves around the display of the skill-set of the streamer/creator. The audience loves it when their favorite player dominates the lobbies and does much more than ‘ just playing’.

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However, in a lobby with equally skilled players, it was always a hard fought battle. Content creators could not fool around while playing Fortnite, and naturally, they fell short of content. To say the least, Fortnite wasn’t fun anymore.

As a result, a maximum of content creators moved on to better alternatives in search of content.

Is this the end of an era?

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With that being said, Fortnite is not really a ‘dying’ game. Millions of users still play it, and several new users join the game daily. Fortnite’s downfall is only visible because of the content creators who have quit the game, and they have legitimate reasons to do so. However, that does not change the fact that Fortnite still has a huge user base.

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In simple words, the most skilled content creators are tired of competing at the toughest levels every time they enter a match. On the flip side, for any new user, Fortnite is still one of the most entertaining games out there.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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