Elon Musk deletes Fortnite (explained)

ADVERTISEMENT

Elon Musk deletes Fortnite (explained)

the “Elon Musk buying X” is not a new development in the long saga of Musk and his memes. In this case, the whole Elon Musk Deletes Fortnite thing goes back to 2018 when Fortnite was at the peak of popularity and that’s when Musk joked that he bought the battle royale game and then deleted it. The tweet included an image that appears to be an edited screenshot of a MarketWatch article.

The official Fortnite Twitter account responded by mocking the fact that it took Musk’s SpaceX a decade to build its first base on Mars. To this, Musk replied: “Reality is harsh.”

Okay, that was it for 2018, but it’s things like this that resurface and perpetuate the cycle of rumors. Fast-forward a year later and everything seems to be back to square one.

At the end of Chapter 1 Season 11, a black hole opened up and seemingly swallowed everything, leaving a blank screen and a lot of unanswered questions. Even the official Fortnite Twitter went silent after switching everything to the black hole.

Time passed and everyone got nervous. It was all fun and games until someone decided to joke that Elon Musk would buy Fortnite and delete it. Amid a lengthy downtime and mounting speculation, the seemingly out of place comment quickly went viral and everyone collectively lost their minds.

Tweets like the one Musk made in 2018 resurfaced and everyone was talking about it. Of course, things calmed down when Chapter 2 was released and people had something else to talk about.

And that brings us to this year, 2022.

Earlier in the year, the Fortnite community expressed growing concern about the future of the game. Players were eager for the release of Chapter 3 Season 2, which was scheduled to release in a few weeks.

Long story short, Chapter 3 Season 1 was plagued with technical issues. Using Unreal Engine 5, Epic Games added new mechanics in the form of tornadoes, sliding, and web-shooters to Fortnite. But these new features came at the cost of game stability, leading to game-breaking glitches and many, many minor bugs.

During this time, rumors of Elon Musk buying Fortnite began to surface again. Apparently someone (or someone) was trying to revive the meme. And in a span of 24 hours last month, there were more than 50,000 people searching “Is Elon Musk going to buy Fortnite?” People started digging up the 2018 exchange and that got everyone talking again.

Rumors spread like wildfire throughout the community as people expressed concern about the rumours.

But why did such an obvious joke gain so much momentum?

It’s probably because Elon Musk has the ability to acquire businesses and grow them in ways the original owners didn’t know were possible. But it’s more likely that the 2018 original managed to surface once more, causing more confusion. We are talking about Elon Musk, it is very likely that he will follow through with a seemingly casual comment.

But like many rumours, it was proven to be false.

Everything returned to normal. Elon Musk had no intention of buying Fortnite and removing it. It’s funny how something as harmless as a joke can cause such an uproar among so many within a community. Take everything you hear with a grain of salt, dear reader, especially when someone “claims” that Elon Musk is deleting Fortnite.

And maybe wait for Epic Games to make an official statement about something so shocking. It could save you from having to explain yourself.

Check out this video of tmnglvexplaining the most recent case of the resurgence of the prank.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT