Fortnite gamers were thrown into shock late last night as a massive asteroid struck the game and turned it into a black hole. There are already rumours circulating about what this all means. So is Fortnite down, is there a new release coming, or is Elon Musk behind it all?
WHAT HAPPENED TO FORTNITE?
Late on Sunday evening a massive asteroid in the Fortnite game suddenly appeared to catch fire. Within minutes it had exploded and destroyed the whole map. This basically meant that none of Fortnite’s 250 million players could access the game as it had been replaced by a black hole. In addition to this, there were mysterious numbers 11, 146, 15 and 62 that appeared around the black hole’s event horizon.
That may have been the last time we ever drop into that map.. pic.twitter.com/9EbwoHoPZk
— Fortnite News (@FortniteBR) October 13, 2019
But it didn’t stop there. The Fortnite Twitter feed simultaneously deleted all of its tweets, and started showing a stream of the gaping black hole instead. This was also witnessed by over 50,000 people watching on the Twitch live streaming page.
The black hole event has already been called ‘The End’ and reports have stated that there were over six million viewers of this combined on all platforms. Four million of these were on the YouTube Gaming channel.
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RUMOURS ABOUT THE FORTNITE BLACK HOLE
As a result the internet has gone crazy with wild rumours about what happened. Expert esports consultant Rod Breslau was quick to quip that Fortnite had turned into a ‘dead game’, whereas others were keen to investigate what the mysterious numbers 11, 146, 15, 62 actually meant. But upon typing these coordinates into Google Maps, gamers were treated to nothing more than the cryptic sight of a street view of a crab rave.
Here is your hint, and I’m not joking. pic.twitter.com/Tqh9dhFEEL
— Ninja (@Ninja) October 14, 2019
However, the most likely scenario is that Fortnite’s developer Epic Games have decided to end this current phase of the battle royale game. Epic Games had previously tweeted and deleted something about the end is coming.
It’s been widely known that the eleventh season of Fortnite is on its way. Previous ‘end of world’ events have included an earthquake at the end of season seven which eventually formed the volcano that kicked off season eight. Some gamers have speculated that there could be an entire new Fortnite universe on the other side of the black hole.
IS IT ALL ELON MUSK’S FAULT?
Fortnite is one of the most popular video games of recent times and has even become a hit in the esports betting world. Such is its rapid success that the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk famously tweeted that he had bought Fortnite in order to delete the game and ‘save these kids from eternal virginity’.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 13, 2019
Although this tweet dates back to October 2018, it has since picked up over 250,000 retweets, and Musk himself retweeted the comment.
It’s hoped that Epic Games will eventually let us all know what’s really behind the black hole. Until then gamers can divert themselves with a weird Space Invaders mini-game that can be accessed by entering the Konami code.