Girlfriends everywhere are getting tired of their boyfriend's attention going to Fortnite instead of the real world. In response to this outrage, there have been several different petitions started on Change.org to get Fortnite banned.
This wouldn't be a popular move with the millions of players that enjoy the game.
Anger about the amount of time people are spending on Fortnite has reached a boiling point. There is not one, not two, but three different petitions on Change.org regarding a ban of Fortnite. While these can be taken as tongue-in-cheek, hundreds of people have signed the petitions.
The most popular of the three petitions is titled "Get rid of fortnite." This petition was started two months ago by Chloe DePalma.
In the petition's description, DePalma points out that women are tired of being ignored due to their boyfriends playing Fortnite all day. She goes on to call Fortnite dumb, then accuses the game of taking over people's lives and of brainwashing.
A less popular petition regarding the ban of the game features a more hyperbolic description of events. This petition was started by Ana Gonzales and directly reaches out to Epic Games. In the description, Gonzales says that all family members have been corrupted by the game. Just like the first petition, she talks about the lack of attention that is focused on the real world and is instead given to the game.
The last petition started by Iria Diaz features a similar tone to the first two. It features claims of not being able to get a text back because boyfriends are too busy playing Fortnite.
While all of the petitions can't be taken seriously, it shows how the popularity of the game has grown. It is now receiving attention from people besides players of the game.
Fortnite has become the most-watched game on Twitch, and on YouTube Gaming. Fortnite made up 12.8 percent of all traffic on both Twitch and YouTube Gaming. Fortnite's biggest competitor, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, used to be the most played Battle Royale game but was surpassed by Fortnite in February.
One of the high-points of Fortnite's surging popularity was the appearance of the rapper Drake on a stream with Ninja on Twitch. Drake's appearance earned Ninja his largest number of concurrent viewers on Twitch at 628,000.
In February, Fortnite reported that it hit a peak of 3.4 million concurrent players that month. That's higher than PlayerUnknown's Battleground's peak of 3.2 million players.
ESPN tried to get on the Fortnite bandwagon, but failed.