Why is RIP Fortnite Trending on Twitter? Controversy Explained

Time for a 21 Charge Shotgun salute.

It’s not a day that ends in ‘Y’ without people claiming that an extremely popular and competitive online game is dead. Here’s what’s up with #RIPFortnite.

If you’ve hopped on Twitter over the last several hours, you might have noticed that “RIP Fortnite” is a trending hashtag.

So what’s the deal? Is Fortnite dead–like, actually dead? Are people just upset about changes in the newest season?

Here’s everything you need to know about the “RIP Fortnite” hashtag.

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Why is RIP Fortnite Trending on Twitter?

So here’s the deal: Fortnite isn’t shutting down or dead or whatever else you might want to call it. People are currently upset and tweeting with the “RIP Fortnite” hashtag for one of two reasons. The first is that they simply think the game and its community are old news and “dead.” The other reason is a little bit more complicated.

Epic Games is trying to crack down on wager matches by telling popular streamers who promote them that they’ll be banned unless they stop. Wager matches are exactly as they sound: a type of unofficial game mode that has people betting on who will win the match. Despite being against the Terms of Service agreement that every Fortnite player agrees to when playing the game, popular streamers like Clix have been promoting them.

“RIP Fortnite” is trending because a lot of people think that these wager matches have been keeping the game alive. Even though it promotes gambling to children, a lot of people are upset over Epic Game’s newfound strictness.

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Peter Hunt Szpytek

Peter is from Chicago. He's played more JRPG's than he can count despite being not totally great at them and you can usually find him on the weekends dropping hot in Apex Legends. When not holding a controller, he's at the gym trying to get in shape for his next cosplay.

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