Fortnite has become famous for its special in-game events, many of which coincide with real world holidays. So, of course, the game has its own New Year event, including a falling ball and fireworks, when the clock strikes midnight.
But Fortnite has a global player base with over 200 million players worldwide; This means that players in different time zones will see the new year at different times. The creator of "Fortnite" Epic Games came up with a simple solution, the New Year's ball at Fortnite will fall at the top of each hour to be midnight in all 24 time zones around the world.
However, some players who spent the first hours of New Year's Eve playing Fortnite were shocked to see the fireworks arrive early for their time zone. When the ball falls into Fortnit, players are forced to dance for a few seconds, which makes this moment impossible to ignore. Several players rushed to social networks to announce that the Fortnite New Year celebration was too early.
An honest mistake, of course, but the Fortnite community has increased dramatically with the responses to the “early” event, triggering a response from Epic Games. Co-founder and vice president Mark Rhine gently reproached the players, who believed that the event was initiated early by mistake.
“Do you really not understand how time zones work, or do you think that your only time zone is in the world?” Raine tweeted.
Epic spokesman Nick Chester and Raine later confirmed that the event will occur every hour, taking into account each time zone.
We hope that the event will tell how widely the Fortnit community extends, and remind some that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not around them.