‘Bat­tle royale’ is Ap­ple’s Game Trend of the Year

USA TODAY International Edition - - MONEY - Eli Blu­men­thal

“Fort­nite” ma­nia didn’t just dom­i­nate tra­di­tional gam­ing con­soles and the PC, it also made its mark on mo­bile games in 2018.

As Ap­ple pre­pares for the end of the year, it’s App Store team has named “bat­tle royale” – the pop­u­lar “you ver­sus the world” for­mat made fa­mous by games such as “Fort­nite” and “Play­erun­known’s Bat­tle­grounds” (also known as “PUBG”) – as its gam­ing trend of the year.

“Fort­nite” was the top free iPhone game this year, with “PUBG Mo­bile” finish­ing fourth. “Fort­nite” was sim­i­larly the most pop­u­lar free game on the iPad, though “PUBG” dropped to 13th.

Ap­ple’s ac­co­lade is just the lat­est jewel on “Fort­nite” pub­lisher Epic Games’ crown.

The free game, which first came out late last year, has per­me­ated all as­pects of pop cul­ture, from hav­ing ath­letes and celebri­ties hop on­line to play to its cel­e­bra­tory dances (called “emotes”) pop­ping up on some of the world’s largest stages, in­clud­ing soc­cer’s World Cup Fi­nal.

The game re­cently crossed the 200-mil­lion player mark, with the pub­lisher rak­ing in more than $1 bil­lion in rev­enue in just the first half of the year.

Avail­able on iPhones, iPads, An­droid de­vices, Mi­crosoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayS­ta­tion 4, Nin­tendo’s Switch, PCs, and Mac, “Fort­nite” also has bro­ken down some pre­vi­ously un­think­able bar­ri­ers, al­low­ing play­ers to com­pete with one another re­gard­less of what plat­form or de­vice they want to game on.

HQ Trivia, the pop­u­lar mo­bile quiz show that made waves ear­lier in the year, finished the year 16th on the “free iPhone games” list and was out­side the top 20 on the “free iPad games” chart.

When it comes to gen­eral apps, YouTube, In­sta­gram and Snapchat topped the charts for free iPhone apps while the iPad saw YouTube, Netflix and Face­book’s Mes­sen­ger lead its list.

On paid apps, photo edit­ing apps Face­tune and ki­rakira+ were the top two on the iPhone list, fol­lowed by weather app Dark Sky Weather. On iPad, draw­ing app Pro­cre­ate was the top app fol­lowed by note-tak­ing apps Nota­bil­ity and GoodNotes 4.

EPIC GAMES

Epic Games' Fort­nite.

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