How to download Fortnite: a beginner’s guide

Your goal in Fortnite is to be the last standing player. It is basically the survival of the fittest. In the popular Battle Royale game mode, 100 players must fight against each other. The only player left is the winner of the game. If you are familiar with The Hunger Games, Fortnite is very similar to it. The game starts with players who parachute to an island with only an ax as their starting weapon. They must find multiple weapons to defeat their opponents. Players must also avoid the electric storm in order not to be eliminated. The island becomes smaller as more players are eliminated. Learn how to download Fortnite with our detailed guide.

Fortnite popularity

Within weeks of Fortnite’s release, over 10 million people were already playing it. By January 2018, around 45 million players are actively playing on all platforms. Fortnite is so popular that famous celebrities like Drake are even getting into the bandwagon.

Epic games

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Epic Games, inc. is a company and studio specialized in the development of video games and software. Headquartered in Car, North Carolina, Tim Sweeney founded Epic Games in 1991 in Potomac, Maryland. Epic Games was founded and previously known as Potomac Computer Systems. The following year, they renamed the company to Epic MegaGames, Inc. and with Mark Rein as vice president to date. In 1999, the company moved its headquarters to Cary and simply renamed Epic Games

Unreal Engine was a development of Epic Games. It is a game engine that powers the video games developed by the company. The Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War and Infinity Blade series are some of the company’s most popular in-house games. In 2014, Guinness World Records named Unreal Engine as “The most successful video game engine”.

Requirements

Get the Epic Games Launcher

On your browser, visit the Epic Games website. Epic Games launcher will be downloaded automatically.

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Once downloaded, log in to your account.

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Now you can download Fortnite from the launcher by searching for “Fortnite”. After the download is complete, you can now play. For total protection, don’t forget to install a gaming VPN on your computer.

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Check your PC’s capacity

Before downloading Fortnite, you must first make sure that your PC has the minimum system requirements. This way the game will run smoothly. First, you need to open the Run dialog by pressing the Windows key logo and the R key simultaneously. When the dialog box appears, type dxdiag and press Enter.

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When asked for authorization, click “Yes”. Click on the “System” tab and you will see the operating system, processor, memory and DirectX version of your computer.

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You can view information about your computer’s graphics card in the “Display” tab.

PC system recommended

  • Operating system: Windows 10/8/7
  • System type: 64 bit
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Processor: Core i5 2.8 GHz
  • Hard disk space: 20 GB
  • DirectX: DirectX 11.0

Minimum PC capacity requirements

  • CPU: Core i3 2.4 GHz
  • CPU SPEED: Info
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Operating system: Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
  • VIDEO CARD: Intel HD 4000
  • PIXEL SHADER: 3.0
  • VERTEX SHADER: 3.0

Minimum Mac capacity requirements

  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Core i3

How to download Fortnite on PlayStation 4

Fortnite is also available on PlayStation4. Go to the PlayStation4 store and search for “Fortnite”.

Fortnite download via PSN Store
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Fortnite is also available on PlayStation4
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Select Fortnite without the additional packages. Then, press “Start”. Then, download the game.

Fortnite is also available on PlayStation4
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Once the game has finished downloading, you can now select it from the main menu and start playing.

Fortnite is also available on PlayStation4
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TIP: You can also view downloads of new games in notifications.

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Here is a video showing the whole process:

How to download Fortnite to your smartphone

Fortnite is not yet available in the mobile app stores
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Fortnite is not yet available in the mobile app stores, so you will need to download it from your browser. Type epicgames.com in your browser and once the page loads, click on “Play for free now”.

Fortnite is not yet available in the mobile app stores
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Next, you will need to download the app installer. After that, open the app installer and allow the application to run.

Fortnite is not yet available in the mobile app stores
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Now you can install and launch the Fortnite game itself. After installation, you will need to register or log in to your Epic Games account.

Fortnite is not yet available in the mobile app stores
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Now you can start playing Fortnite. You can even use a smartphone controller if you want to improve your game.

Fortnite game mode

There are three predefined game modes on Fortnite. The three game modes are different from each other based on the game process. But the ultimate goal of the game modes is always the same. You or your teammates must be the last standing in the game.

  • Solor mode: you will fight against 99 other players from all over the world.
  • Duo mode: you and a player will join together to fight against other teams.
  • Team mode: you will join 2 or 3 other players to fight against other teams.

Fortnite game tips

Fortnite on Switch
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Fortnite is a survival game. You must be the last one standing in the game. Here are some tips for winning the game.

Choose your fights carefully

When you see an opponent, you don’t always need to make the first move. If you commit first without observing your opponent, there is a great chance of being eliminated early. Take some time to learn about your opponent’s tactics and learn from their mistakes. When you think you can fully manage your opponent, you can attack.

Be aware of the storm

The storm can quickly blow you down. You don’t want to be in the middle of setting up when a storm is going on. It’s nice to retire and be safe to survive the game.

Watch out

It’s nice to be vigilant all the time. Always be attentive to what surrounds you and be careful.

Use your survival skills

Always make sure to use your survival skills so that you can, well, survive and be the last man standing. Whether it’s eating from the generosity of nature, fishing or looking for weapons

Continue to practice

Practice makes perfect. You won’t always win your first few games, so keep trying so you can learn new techniques and use the best ones that work for you.

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