Friday ‘Nite: Summer 2022 Fortnite concert rumors include multiple artists

Friday ‘Nite: Summer 2022 Fortnite concert rumors include multiple artists
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Friday ‘Nite: Summer 2022 Fortnite concert rumors include multiple artists

Friday ‘Nite is a weekly Fortnite column in which Mark Delaney takes a closer look at current events in the wide world of Fortnite, with a special focus on the game’s plot, characters, and lore.

It’s almost August. At this time last year, the Fortnite Ariana Grande Rift Tour was pretty much already a publicly known fact thanks to leaks from a major leaker. For August 1, 2021, we had the full Rift Tour schedule direct from Epic Games. At similar times in years past, we’d also seen Travis Scott and Marshmello take the virtual stage in Epic’s burgeoning metaverse.

But if you’re looking forward to a Summer 2022 Fortnite concert, as of now, nothing is confirmed, not even specifically leaked yet, unlike last year’s show. Instead, what we have are various whispers and perhaps an explanation as to why a concert, if it happens at all, will be held a little later this year. Wrapping up the rumors surrounding the likes of Billie Eilish, Juice Wrld, and Lady Gaga, here’s everything we know so far about a Fortnite Summer 2022 concert.

Fortnite 2022 concert leaks and rumors

Everything we know about a Fortnite concert for this summer comes down to a wide variety of different leaks and rumours. They can’t really be discussed all at once because they have different points of origin, so let’s break down the top three rumors one by one, in the order they appeared online.

Why could it be Lady Gaga?

A Lady Gaga Fortnite concert is actually the oldest of the rumors, dating back to last spring when the court battle between Epic and Apple was happening. In the discovery phase, viewers received a remarkable amount of revelations from both sides of the lawsuit. On the Epic side, we learned a lot about future plans for Fortnite, including the NBA crossover, the LeBron James skin, as well as some music collaborations mentioned by name: Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and Lady Gaga.

We’ve already seen Grande and Balvin enter the game as skins; Plus, Grande got her magical Rift Tour, of course, so it’s only fitting that Gaga’s time is coming soon.

Why could it not be Lady Gaga?

While Ariana Grande got a gig and a skin in the game, J Balvin didn’t get the same level of fanfare. An emote that plays one of her hits is great, but that’s the extent of her crossover with Fortnite. So we can reasonably deduce that Lady Gaga might as well get something like a mask, not a full concert event. Lady Gaga is also more of a millennial icon, while Fortnite is primarily aimed at Gen Z.

Why could it be Billie Eilish?

Billie Eilish is probably the fan favorite, or at least the one most fans want. Younger than Gaga and totally loved by the right age group, Billie is also one of the biggest artists in the world today and fits Epic’s pursuit of artists at the same level or above those who came before her. Donald Mustard, Epic CCO and frequent online teaser, too shared a photo from a Billie Eilish concert at the beginning of this year. Mustard doesn’t tweet a lot of things that are not suggestions of some kind, so it’s worth noting.

Why it might not be Billie Eilish

To be fair, Mustard was taking his daughters to Billie’s show and is allowed to share a photo of the crowd. So he may be reading things too much, but I keep an eye on him. Another reason to suspect that Billie may not be the focus of this year’s concert: Ariana Grande’s Rift Tour was a lot of fun, but Epic never shared attendance numbers like it did with the 2020 Travis Scott astronomical extravaganza. companies are often obsessed with relentless growth, Epic may have chosen to keep the Rift Tour totals private if they fell short of Scott’s show.

If that’s the case, it could be because Ariana tends to be more of a female and not a male icon, while the Fortnite community as a whole is made up of far more boys and young men, according to a report. demographic study 2021. If Epic wants the next Fortnite concert to break records again, it may look to attract another artist who is better in tune with the game’s player base.

Why could it be Juice Wrld?

The late rapper Juice Wrld was hugely popular before his untimely death in 2019, and an HBO documentary about the young artist put him on more people’s radar. We wouldn’t expect Epic to produce an in-game concert with a dead person, except that the rapper’s manager retweeted the Season 3 launch trailer and has since talked about a potential collaboration more than once, including at one point where suggested that he would. get in trouble with Epic if he said anything else on the subject.

Because Fortnite concerts involve pre-recorded versions of songs, there’s no reason Juice Wrld’s absence should present much of an issue, as long as the rights holders work on the deal anyway.

Why it might not be Juice Wrld

Well, isn’t it obvious? Since Juice Wrld has passed away, it may be an awkward sale for Epic. Does the loose battle royale game known for dancing bananas want to get into the tricky debate over the use of a dead person’s image? Perhaps Epic sees an opportunity to be a pioneer, but the company is in North Carolina, not Silicon Valley, so one has to wonder if they aren’t the same brand of tech evangelists we may be thinking of.

After mixed reviews of an elaborate theatrical screening of Tupac, often mistakenly called hologramhosting a show in 2012, is Epic willing to test their goodwill at a concert by a rapper who died too young?

If not them, then who?

Fortnite often suffers more leaks than the Titanic, so it doesn’t seem likely that the actual concert will still be under wraps at Epic in late summer, at least not if it’s happening in August. But then again, there’s no guarantee it will arrive in August, or at all. The summer schedule will roll out later this year, with the summer event starting several weeks later than normal.

Does that mean a concert was pushed back a few weeks too? It could, but given the relative quiet surrounding the general idea of ​​a Fortnite summer concert in 2022, perhaps there will most likely be no such concert at all.

Still, if you were to assume there’s a concert going on but it’s not one of those listed above, who else fits the bill? I have two guesses: The Weeknd or a K-pop group like BTS, both of whom are already in the game via Icon Series emotes. They’re huge on a scale that rivals previous Fortnite gigs; arguably either would raise the bar given their popularity.

For now, all we can do is wait, but if we still don’t hear anything in a few days, I’m prepared to jump on the train of thought that Fortnite artists are putting their virtual voices to rest this summer.

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