Fortnite’s free Battle Royale draws 1 million players at launch

Those interested can download it from Epic’s Games Launcher.

Over 1 million players have partied on the Battle Bus during the first day of Battle Royale! It was back up by 10 p.m. ET.

For those unaware, Fortnite recently experienced some criticism from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ developer Bluehole Studio for “replicating the experience for which PUBG is known” with the newly available Battle Royale mode.

The estimate was for a 30 minute fix initially. If further interest is sparked, there may be more dedicated servers for Battle Royale. “We expect this process to take ~30 minutes”.

About ten minutes later, the team offered a bit more insight into the issue. For the most part, the release went off without a hitch but now we’ve run into some issues on day two of the game going free-to-play. “There is definitely power in numbers”.

It would not be surprising for Epic Games to add a customization feature for the Battle Royale mode as they’ve copied just about every other aspect of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds up to this point. Whether or not Bluehole will take further action (legal or otherwise) against Epic Games is unclear, at this time. “We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game”, said Chang Han Kim, vice president and executive producer of PUBG. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.

As a result, the company announced Battle Royale matchmaking will be completely disabled for a half hour while the issue is resolved.

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