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Tom Power and Jayme Poisson play Fortnite: How the video game blew

With more than 200 million registered users, Fortnite is arguably the most popular video game in the world right now. Since its launch in 2017, it's become a pop culture phenomenon, but the video game really took off this year. In 2018, Fortnite broke a record when eight million people played at the same time and it's reported to have brought in two billion dollars in profits for Epic Games. So how did a free-to-play game become such a cultural and economic powerhouse? "What Fortnite has done is break all the rules around what makes a successful video game," says Tom Power, who's a big fan of the game. He teamed up with CBC Front Burner host Jayme Poisson, a novice player, to play the game in the q studio and discuss how it became such a cultural and economic powerhouse.

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