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  • Why are microtransactions so maligned by gamers?
  • Why are microtransactions so maligned by gamers?
    Csaba Balazs, Creative Commons (2018) ©
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Fortnite: a fair and free-to-play gaming phenomenon

Boasting over 45 million players and the Twitch record for most live viewers on a stream, third-person shooter Fortnite Battle Royale has taken the gaming world by storm. But given that it uses a free-to-play model, how is it avoiding the controversy that often surrounds in-game microtransactions?

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In March 2018, 628,000 people tuned into Twitch to watch popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and hip hop icon Drake play some Fortnite Battle Royale. [1] It set a record for concurrent viewers on the streaming platform – but it was broken just a month later when Blevins hosted a tournament in Las Vegas dedicated to the same game. [2] How has this third-person shooter become a hit among both players and spectators? And given that it uses a freemium model, how is it avoiding the controversy that often surrounds in-game microtransactions?

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