Play Fortnite, One Of The Biggest Games Of The Year, For Free.


Fortnite gameOne of the most popular video games right now is Fortnite, from Epic Games. It's sold over a million copies, with packages ranging from $40 to $150. It's a massive game in which you roam a virtual world, looking for ammunition, defend important assets, kill the occasional person, and generally try to stay alive.

The graphics are great, the gameplay is fun, you don't need anything other than a keyboard and mouse. And the best part is that you can actually download and play it for free. While the so-called PvE modes (player vs environment) need a paid-for copy of the game, the PvP mode (player vs player) is free. At the start of the game there are 100 players in the virtual world and the last one standing is the winner.

If you have a decent PC and a good graphics card, then check out Fortnite at As I said, the PvP Battle Royale version is totally free to download and play (although you can buy stuff such as virtual currency if you want).

BE AWARE that the game is a very large download. Although the installer is only 300 MB or so, it will then download around 20 GB of data before you can play. So make sure that your internet connection will cope, and that you have enough disk space.

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Does the game download 20GB every time one plays?
It seems to take ages to load up.
I know about the free disk space requirement though. My son was whinging about lag (mate, you don't want that, I guarantee you) and I checked and found that there was only about a gigabyte or so free and realized that the 250GB SSD C: drive was running on a 32 GB partition! A quick clone and reclone fixed that.

No. It might download an update, but not the entire 20 gigs. But saying it takes ages to load means very little without posting hardware specs of the system or actual time it takes to load.

That was an amazingly quick reply! Thanks.
Yes, I'm sorry about the lack of info. I may repost on that.
The computer's been fine for everyting else up until Fortnite came along!

I'm downloading and installing it at the moment. I'll post my experience with it when it's installed and I get the chance to test it. I miss my 100 meg connection at times like this.

Well I've played the game for awhile. So far it tales about 60 to 90 seconds to get to the lobby and 15 to 60 seconds to get into a game from there which seems reasonable to me. I backed all the way out the desktop including closing the launcher then logged back in and the longest it has taken so far is about 90 seconds to get to the lobby. This is from the USA in a small town north of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

i7-2600K at 4.5GHz
500 GB 850 EVO boot drive
3 TB Seagate 7200 rpm hard drive that the game is installed to
50 meg down 5 meg up internet

So, the PvE is not free, only PvP? Wow!

Correct. But any of your achievements, etc. carry over if/when you purchase the full version.

Gotcha. I'm just not a good PvP player. I'd miss the obvious; like the guy standing right in front of me and saying, "Bye!"

I hear that.

Worked OK on my old PC.
Bought a new laptop, fresh Windows 10 install, upgraded to the latest patches.
Can't play the game... Double-click, no reaction, not even an error message.
Fora don't give an explanation (either game forum or windows forum)

What are the hardware specs of the new laptop?

It's a Chuwi Lapbook Air
Processor: Intel Celeron N3450 @ 1.10 GHz (quadcore)
RAM: 8 Gb
Video: Intel HD Graphics 500
DirectX 12

Minimum System Requirements:

Intel HD 4000
Core i3 2.4 Ghz
Windows 7/8/10 64-bit + Mac OSX Sierra

Notice the CPU minimum specs. That lapbook doesn't come close to meeting them so it won't be able to play it.