Fortnite is currently stuck in a black hole vortex because that is a sentence that makes sense in 2019. Yesterday, Epic essentially deleted the game, blowing up the map with a meteor and a bunch of rockets and the entire thing is now just a livestream of a black hole with periodic coded numbers flashing.
I know a lot of kids are freaking out that Fortnite is dead, but what this really is doing is just allowing for extended downtime to make sure a transition to a new map goes smoothly, as well as serving as a bit of marketing hype, as Fortnite’s “The End” event yesterday was among the most watch events in gaming history. And people are now watching either the black hole stream or streamers watching the black hole stream by the million.
But Fortnite is coming back online, at some point, and you now can actually place bets on when that will be. I was just sent a PR email from Irish Bookies Paddy Power who have listed betting odds for when Fortnite will end its blackout. Here’s the rundown:
- EVS October 17
- 4/1 October 18
- 5/1 October 16
- 8/1 October 15
- 10/1 October 14
- 10/1 Not before October 20
- 50/1 Season 11 not to be released in 2019
- 100/1 Season 11 never to be released
October 17, aka this Thursday, is even money. Why? Because Fortnite’s “reset” day has been on Thursday for ages now, plus leakers like Lucas7Yoshi have found website code that suggests this event is going until Thursday morning. Previously, the data said Tuesday morning, but it changed overnight.
The next best bet is October 18, Friday, which I would not put money on because Fortnite doesn’t usually do anything on Fridays. My guesses, outside of Thursday, would be today, as being offline for a day would make some amount of sense, or Tuesday, like the data originally suggested. It may make sense for Fortnite to launch a new season on a weekend when people can actually play it, but that’s almost never what they do.
You can also place bets that season 11 won’t be release this year, or that season 11 will never be released and I guess Fortnite is just dead forever. So yes, if Epic deleted their multi-billion dollar game for good, I guess you could win some serious money if you correctly predicted that outcome.
At the moment, I am sticking with Thursday, though I am not placing any bets on that. My guess is that the stream will change in some ways over the next few days as the new season gets closer, more codes, the black hole expanding, whatever. Stay tuned for all that, as we’ll be on Fortnite Blackout watch all week long.