Elon Musk took an unprovoked shot at Fortnite players last week and the game's developers came to their fans' defense.
Like it or not, Fortnite is taking over the world. The battle royale mode has been available to download for free for over a year now, and its progression shows no sign of slowing. Since then, the game has expanded onto various different platforms and is basically playable on any gaming device you might have, from consoles to PCs to smartphones.
Fortnite even has quite a few famous fans, most notably those in the sporting world. France's Antoine Griezmann performed a Fortnite-inspired celebration when he scored in this summer's World Cup final. There have also been examples of teams and franchises having to ban its players from using Fortnite on the road due to it affecting their performance.
One famous face who is clearly not a Fortnite fan is Elon Musk. The billionaire took an unprovoked shot at the game last week, joking that he had bought Fortnite and promptly deleted it. Musk said that it had to be done to save its players from "eternal virginity." Pretty strange and pretty harsh, but Fortnite's developers, Epic Games did not take the insult lying down and came to its players' aid.
Epic clearly did its research before posting a retort too. The developers took to the official Fortnite Twitter account and referenced an article in which Musk claims he wants to build a base on Mars within the next ten years. Fortnite wrote "A whole decade @elonmusk? Just build, LOL!" Obviously, on Fortnite island, building happens a lot more quickly and easily than it does on Earth, let alone Mars.
Musk acknowledged that with three simple words, "reality is hard." Not another dig per se, and as of right now the social media battle between Fortnite and Musk has died down. The latter has been making a name for himself on Twitter recently, and not in a good way. Clearly, Musk knows what buttons to press. Take a dig at a game being played by literally tens of millions of people around the world right now, you're going to get a reaction.