Alongside its World Cup, Fortnite will be hosting a YouTube-based game show that pits users of its Creative Mode against each other.
As Epic CEO Tim Sweeney recently said, Fortnite has become so much more than just a video game. Sweeney described the battle royale-based game as a "social experience." That sounds a little too like Black Mirror language to us, but we get where he is coming from. Fortnite's reach has extended well beyond what happens on its own virtual island.
Athletes use Fortnite emotes to celebrate touchdowns and goals, while an in-game DJ Marshmelo concert captured the attention of more than ten million players, which is pretty incredible. Now, Epic is turning its attention and Fortnite's reach to the game show world - more specifically, a YouTube game show that will give some of Fortnite's more creative players the chance to show off their skills.
Epic has teamed with YouTube and Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley on the new project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, which is called Game Jam Hollywood, will feature 16 of Fortnite's most imaginative creators. The competitors will build maps on Fortnite's Creative Mode across three days and the eventual winner's work will be featured at this weekend's Fortnite World Cup, which begins this Friday, July 26, 2019.
Game Jam Hollywood will actually premiere on YouTube on the same day as the World Cup begins. As Fortnite's best players compete for millions of dollars in prize money in New York City, those who have poured their efforts into Creative Mode will also be competing. Trying to create a map good enough to be the one that is featured on the final day of the World Cup two days later.
The first episode of Game Jam Hollywood will air this Friday, July 16, 2019, at 12:30 pm EST. If you like the look of any of the maps created during the show, even if it isn't the one that eventually wins out, all of them will be available for players to play once they're finished. We're not certain, but we imagine the access codes for the maps will be flaunted throughout the show, or at least in the show's description.