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Few can forget the image of 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf when he was crowned the Fortnite World Champion and the young star’s story of perseverance and dedication has been an inspiration to many. And while the game seems to have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity in Western countries, it's not that popular here in Asia. And, if you were a Fortnite player in India, forget the World Cup, even playing normal matchmaking daily was a hassle with players facing high ping.
Despite being a free game with relatively low PC requirements and a multi-platform appeal, Fortnite never really took off in India, with high pings as one of the key factors affecting popularity. Unlike titles such as Dota 2, CS:GO and more recently, PUBGM, which have sizeable player bases within the country, Fortnite, despite being a worldwide phenomenon simply hasn’t been able to get a foothold in the country.
However, that seems to be changing as Epic Games and Fortnite have recently launched servers in India. It’s good news for Indian gamers who have been waiting to play the game with good ping and comes at a crucial time in the Indian gaming space. With the way the Indian streaming market has taken off, it won't come as a surprise if streamers use this opportunity to stream Fortnite, which is already one of the most popular games for streamers on Twitch. Even competitively, the game might pick up as there seems to be an affinity for Battle Royale’s in the market, but it will take some time for players to catch up to their western counterparts, in terms of the meta and the skill level.