Which came first Fortnite or Free Fire? Who copied whom?

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What are the video games "Fortnite" and "Free Fire"?

What is Fortnite? Fortnite is a multifaceted video game as it allows players to build, fight and avoid being fought by the environment or other players. The game is played in missions and it is possible to collect materials, apply strategies and improve skills based on experience.

On the other hand, if you wonder what Garena Free Fire is all about, it should be noted that this is a combat based game. Players are thrown to an island from a plane so they can locate weapons and resources useful for battle. The aim of the game is that the player survives eliminating all enemies and advancing along a map.



Which came first Fortnite or Free Fire? Who copied whom?

Since the launch of the Free Fire video game, a rivalry with another video game has arisen: Fortnite. The cause of this situation is due to high success of both games, which produced a comparative confrontation that leads us to consider whether a video game is a copy of the other or not.

Origins of Fortnite and Free Fire

To answer these questions, you need to understand the Fortnite origins and Free Fire to come to a clear conclusion.

Fortnite release

The Fortnite video game was announced in 2011 on the occasion of the "Spike Video Game Awards". However, its launch took place at the end of July 2017. The delay in promoting this game was caused by some changes that Epic Games has deemed necessary before making the official launch.

Launch of Free Fire

The videogame «Garena Free Fire» is Instead it launched with a Beta version in November 2017 and got its official version in December of the same year. The 111-point company was the one that invented the Free Fire game, and Garena was responsible for its global distribution.



Who came out first Fortnite or Free Fire?

Although Fortnite and Free Fire emerged in 2017, Fortnite came out before Free Fire, exactly four months before the latter and with an advance promotion six years from now.

Both Fortnite and Free Fire are video games focused on the "Battle Royale" genre. However, there are a few key aspects to consider that allow us to determine if one of these games copies the other.

How are Fortnite and Free Fire similar?

Both video games belong to the genre "Shoot" or «shooting» and to «Battle Royale» or «Real Battle». Both in Fortnite and in Free Fire you can choose a character with particular characteristics (aesthetic, that is Skin).

In both games there is a map that players have to traverse. Similarly, in Fortnite and Free Fire, players come to a place to find weapons and resources for combat.

What are the differences between Fortnite and Free Fire?

The differences between Fortnite and Free Fire are notable in terms of performance. As for the graphics, Fortnite requires devices of more recent generations, as it has high resolution graphics. For its part, almost all mobile phones or PCs (emulated) are suitable for Free Fire.


As for the events, in Free Fire the events take place without alterations to the story, while in Fortnite, events are shown by series or season. Another distinguishable aspect is the combat. In Free Fire, the combat is predetermined but in Fortnite the players are waiting because the game is very variable.

Who copied whom?

Taking into account the aforementioned aspects, it is possible that no video game has copied the other since while following the same trend the gameplay is very different. In Free Fire, for example, there is constant combat, while in Fortnite a strategy video game is presented which gives it greater complexity.


In this respect, Fortnite forces players to create shelters through constructions, taking into account many elements that need to be thought about. Therefore, Fortnite is clearly a game of strategy and Free Fire only focuses on comparison.


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