Players were left devastated when Fortnite suddenly shut down on October 13, 2019.
Over 3 million people watched live as a Fortnite event took down the game’s servers. 12-year olds everywhere were left with nothing to do for almost 48 hours, and it did serious things to their mental health (which is kind of pathetic). Players logged into the game just to stare at a spinning black hole in the middle of their screen.
This turned into a meme on the internet, since millions of children were shocked about their favorite pastime being destroyed in a matter of minutes.
“I just don’t know what to do with myself” said Cooper David, a distraught 13-year-old.
This was a major event for pop culture since many people had an income based on the game. People stream themselves playing the game regularly on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube, so the shutdown of the game was kind of worrying to them.
Children had also spent loads of money (from their parents’ wallets) on the game, buying various things within the game. Therefore, the shutdown angered parents who had indirectly spent lots of money on the game. Although the shutdown only lasted for about 48 hours, people were having mental breakdowns everywhere.