April 12, 2018updated 13 Apr 2018 10:17am

Fortnite is up for two Bafta Games Awards – but what is the battle royale game?

By Luke Christou

Fortnite pits 100 players against each other in a fight for first place. The popular battle royale video game will get a taste of its own medicine tonight at the BAFTA Games Awards.

Fortnite is up for best evolving game and will go up against a selection of some of the most popular games of 2017.

Mobile game Clash Royale, Final Fantasy XV, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege have also been nominated.

To be nominated in this category, a title must show ongoing updates and support. This doesn’t necessarily mean games that are available as part of an early access period, but can also include online, multiplayer titles that were released outside of the eligibility period.

In other categories, games must have been released between 1 January and 31 December 2017.

Psyonix’s Rocket League, a sports title in which players use rocket-powered cars to push the ball into the net, was selected as last year’s winner.

Having attracted a vast number of players throughout late 2017 and early 2018, Fortnite will also be up for best multiplayer title.

Up against Divinity: Original Sin 2, Gang Beasts, PUBG, Splatoon 2 and Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Fortnite has a fairly good chance of taking the spoils in this category.

As has been the case since Fortnite launched in September 2017, PUBG will be its biggest threat. The rival battle royale game became the most played game on Steam earlier last year, with an average of 3.1 million concurrent users playing throughout December .

However, if a BAFTA Games Award is won on number of players, Fortnite will take the crown. According to video game research company Newzoo, 30.1% of PC gamers spent time playing the hit game in February.

Fortnite currently has a 16.3% share of the battle royale genre. PUBG has a 14.6% share in comparison.

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite Battle Royale was just a thought less than 12 months ago and now it is one of the most talked about video games around. However, given how fast Fortnite has grown, you can be excused for not hearing about it sooner.

The title is developed and updated by Epic Games, the company behind Unreal Engine, a game engine that powers many of the world’s leading games. Even PUBG, Fortnite’s biggest rival, was created using Epic’s engine.

The company has started to develop its own games in recent years, including the Gears of War and Infinity Blade series. Fortnite, a multiplayer survival game, is its latest franchise. The original title, a co-op survival game, was released in July 2017.

However, it was the release of standalone title Fortnite Battle Royale a few months later that resulted in the series’ spike in popularity.

The title pits 100 players against each other in a battle arena. As the game goes on, the size of the play area becomes increasingly smaller.

Players must use a range of weapons and gadgets to pick off their opponents. The last player standing is declared the winner.

As a free-to-play game that received weekly updated, providing new content to entice players to continue playing, Fortnite has managed to stay just ahead of the pay-to-play PUBG.

According to data released by Epic, Fortnite is currently the most popular video game in the world. The company reported a peak concurrent player count of 3.4 million in February.

BAFTA Game nominations 2018

Artistic achievement

Cuphead Gorogoa Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Horizon Zero Dawn The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Audio achievement

Call of Duty: World War II Destiny 2 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Horizon Zero Dawn Star Wars Battlefront II Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Best game

Assassin’s Creed Origins Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Horizon Zero Dawn The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Super Mario Odyssey What Remains of Edith Finch

British game

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Monument Valley 2 Reigns: Her Majesty The Sexy Brutale Sniper Elite 4 Total War: Warhammer II

Debut game

Cuphead Gorogoa Hollow Knight Night in the Woods The Sexy Brutale Smile Rancher

Evolving game

Clash Royale Final Fantasy XV Fortnite Overwatch PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Family

Jusst Dance 2018 Lego Worlds Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Monument Valley 2 Snipperclips Super Mario Odyssey

Game Beyond Entertainment

Bury Me, My Love Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Last Day of June Life is Strange: Before the Storm Night in the Woods Sea Hero Quest VR

Game design

Assassin’s Creed Origins Horizon Zero Dawn The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nier: Automata Super Mario Odyssey What Remains of Edith Finch

Game innovation

Gorogoa Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nier Automata Snipperclips What Remains of Edith Finch

Mobile game

Bury Me, My Love Golf Clash Gorogoa Kami 2 Monument Valley 2 Stranger Things: The Game

Multiplayer

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Fortnite Gang Beasts PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Splatoon 2 Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Music

Cuphead Get Even Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Horizon Zero Dawn The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild What Remains of Edith Finch

Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Horizon Zero Dawn Night in the Woods Tacoma What Remains of Edith Finch Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Original property

Cuphead Gorogoa Horizon Zero Dawn Night in the Woods Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds What Remains of Edith Finch

Performer

Abubakar Salim in Assassin’s Creed Origins Ashly Burch in Horizon Zero Dawn Claudia Black in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Laura Bailey in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Melina Juergens in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Valerie Rose Lohman in What Remains of Edith Finch

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