Follower Counts: As of April 19, 2019
- r/FortNiteBR – 1.1mil followers
- r/FortniteCompetitive – 119k followers
- r/FORTnITE (STW) – 319k followers
- Twitter – 7.47mil followers
- Fortnite Official Forums – no user count. Mostly the same handful of users, a bunch of one-time posting trolls, and multiple accounts.
Out of an Epic-claimed Fortnite player count of 250+ million, this represents only a very small fraction of the community and most of them, who actually participate, are tryhards, higher skilled, and pro’s demanding those things that make their game easier and faster, and also gives them those impressive kill count and win numbers. That includes being able to prey on the lower skilled, demanding siphon (health/shield on kill) be returned to public matches and opposing any kind of skill-based matchmaking. The number of casual and lower skilled players participating is crippling low compared to the afore mentioned groups. The afore mentioned groups, not only bully and harass the casual and lower skilled players on the forums, etc, but also claim the majority of the community want these advantages, while, in reality, the majority of the community, on all sides of the argument, do not voice themselves in any way, form, or fashion. So, the percentages cannot be calculated as to how many want this or that and how many don’t. Pro implemented Poll’s reflect only what those Pro’s followers select and they mostly favor the Pro’s opinions.
The total of the numbers represented can be lowered by the obvious fact that many of the users on the various platforms are the same people.
On the forums, moderators engage in selective moderation – unnecessarily editing, or deleting, posts and comments and issuing infractions to the users. I agree that forums need moderation to prevent discord and abuse among the participants, but when some get away with attacking, harassing, insulting, picking on, and dissing other users in every which way possible, and their “victims” are the ones getting their comments edited or deleted by moderators and receiving infractions on their accounts, there is something seriously wrong. I have left the forums, for good, due to this, which means one less voice for the casual and lower skilled portion of the community.
I have been trying to return to Fortnite, but due to the lack of SBMM and the tryhards sweating all over players like me, making the game miserable, I lack the motivation to do anything except playground – which quickly becomes boring when you are alone. I WILL NOT, EVER, spend any more money on Fortnite. I spent enough money in the 8 months of playing the game, before quitting in early January 2019, to have paid for a subscription to play any other game for over 3 years. I believe that should give me the right TO BE ABLE to play the game – as in it NEEDS to be PLAYABLE – and to have a voice on the forums. But it has been made clear that players, like myself, should never have much of a voice in anything. The toxicity of the community, itself, certainly does nothing to improve upon my will or motivation to return to the game. It actually just discourages me more.
Epic is so obsessed with competition, that they ignore the needs of their community – the player base. They ignore what is happening to those who want to play just for the fun of playing and maybe goofing off with friends – THESE ARE PAYING CUSTOMERS! They add new, and expensive, items to the item shop on an almost daily basis. Yes, they are a business and they are in it to make money, but there is a fine line between making money (profits) and greed. Not just greed, imho, but glutinous greed. They give MILLIONS in rewards to their “champions” in tournaments – money collected from the little people through the item shop. They add new items to the game weekly, without removing those things that need to be removed and now the loot pool is so cluttered, the chances of getting heals, shields, or even a good weapon are tasks in and of themselves, making the game even more unplayable. There are too many vehicles in the game – and the players have been saying this for a while – all they really need to have, in my opinion, are the ziplines and the quadcrashers. NOTHING ELSE! No balloons or glider redepoys either. Bring back 50v50. Make it AND Team Rumble permanent. And revert Team Rumble back to what it used to be. WHY ENCOURAGE MORE CHAOS? It was chaotic enough before! That actually makes me think that Epic WANTS to encourage aggression and ruthlessness among their players – without thinking that said aggression and ruthlessness CARRIES OVER TO ALL OF THE OTHER MODES (or maybe they have thought about it, if you get my meaning). And after having stated that they removed siphon (except in arena) due to the “unhealthy levels of aggression” it promoted. Epic conflicts themselves at every turn!
In-game bugs, on all platforms, go unfixed while they continue to add this, that, and more to the game. Anything they believe will keep players playing – and spending. It doesn’t matter that players want the game working right more than they want new weapons, consumables, vehicles, or even skins and emotes.
So, anyway, since I don’t have any intentions of ever spending any more money on Fortnite, I have the luxury of playing only when I want to (no battle pass to fulfill). Right now, and always, ESO takes precedence over Fortnite. At least it is PLAYABLE and PERFECTLY SOLOABLE, albeit it can be difficult. Bethesda does not coddle their players. The PvP mode may not have SBMM, but it’s not a Battle Royale and it is PERFECTLY BALANCED. Not to mention, the community, and it’s moderators, are the best you will find anywhere and Bethesda maintains a healthy relationship with their community.
On a final note, I want to say a little about third partying and the whiners who are crying because it happens to them while they are low on health/shield right after eliminating an opponent (or four). These whiners just blasted their opponents until they had NO shield or health left, thus eliminating them. Consequently, their opponents got in a few good shots and took down the whiners shield and health. That’s the consequences of aggressive game play – It’s 100% FAIR! There should be NO reward for eliminating an opponent. The rewards come either, at the end of the match when you win the Royale, or, if you are playing for kills, in the number of kills you acquired before you were either eliminated or won the match. These whiners are just entitled brats (regardless of their age) who think everything should be in their own favor or it’s not fair. There are some people in this world who need to realize that this same world, or any other, does not revolve around them. If they are going to play a game in which eliminating your opponents is a part of the goal, then they need to except that they, too, can be eliminated – even by third partier’s.