"Fortnite" has become known for its special in-game events, many of which coincide with real world holidays. Then, of course, the game has its own New Year's event running, complete with a ball drop and fireworks display when the bell strikes midnight.
But "Fortnite" has a global player base with over 200 million players worldwide; which means that players in different time zones will see the new year at different times. "Fortnite" creator Epic Games came up with a simple solution, New Year's ball in "Fortnite" will fall on top of every hour to count on midnight in all 24 time zones around the world.
But some players who spent the early hours of New Year's Eve playing "Fortnite" were shocked to see fireworks arrive early for their own time zone. When the ball falls into "Fortnite", players have to dance for a few seconds, making it impossible to ignore the moment. Several players rushed to social media to announce that "Fortnite's" New Year celebration had gone off early.
An honest mistake to be sure, but the "Fortnite" community has risen with responses to the "early" event, resulting in a response from Epic Games. Co-founder and Vice-President Mark Rein gently chided players who thought the event had been triggered early in error.
"Is it that you don't really understand how time zones work or you think your is the only time zone in the world?" Rein tweeted.
Epic spokesman Nick Chester and Rein both later confirmed that the event would take place every hour to count for each time zone.
Hopefully, the event will learn how wide the "Fortnite" community extends, and recalls that the Earth revolves around the sun, not around them.