Still, an Israeli power company has contacted Epic regarding removal of utility poles that appear in the company's popular game Fortnite, anxious that players may be encouraged to replicate this behavior in real life, which of course can be life threatening. It is one of the most successful video games of all time by nearly every metric. The sheer cultural impact that Fortnite has had in the past couple of years has been staggering.
The game tends to attract more and more players due to its growing online community and a free download offer, but it can also be very addictive.More news: Director Bryan Singer reaches settlement of rape claim
Epic Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Fortnite World Cup Finals, which has a $30 million prize pool, take place on July 26-28 in New York City at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. It's worth pointing out that when Fergusson was working at Epic Games, Fortnite only had its "Save the World" co-op campaign mode in development, and its battle royale mode had not even been thought of yet.More news: NASA Spots 'Star Trek' Starfleet Logo 'Dune Footprints' on Mars
Fergusson said that people often ask him if he regrets leaving Epic Games, as he would have become ridiculously rich had he stayed at the company through Fortnite's success. Games are mostly seen as an art form by developers and players alike and nearly all of them do not expect anyone to imitate a game mechanic or a character's behavior in real life (Cosplay aside). So without Fornite ever existing is it most likely that another copycat game would just fill its shoes. There are plenty of battle royale games, but only one Fortnite.More news: Pelosi says she's 'done' with Trump after latest insults