It’s hard to imagine how anyone could not have heard of Fortnite by now. The game has achieved the rare transcendence, from a video game into a cultural phenomenon. It is now a billion-dollar industry unto itself and one of the most popular entertainment products for children.
But with this enormous popularity comes a desire amongst players to get their Fortnite fix wherever and whenever they need it. This has led to many places implementing restrictions on the game on their internal networks. Fortunately, there are ways around this! Just don’t blame us if your boss catches you mid-floss when you’re supposed to be working!
Fortnite was born during an internal game jam at Epic Games. A game jam is where individuals or small teams of developers aim to produce a working video game from scratch in as short a time as possible.
During that fated game jam session, many Epic developers produced projects that combined the crafting and construction of then-popular titles Minecraft and Terraria, with the ever-popular genre of competitive online shooters.
The game started as a zombie-survival game. Small teams of players had to construct a fort and then face off against waves of zombies. Following the breakout Battle Royale inspired PUBG, Fortnite pivoted and found untold success in the latter genre. Both versions of the game now exist under separate titles.
Earlier this year, Fortnite made its debut in iOS, followed by its sort-of-debut in Android. As the game goes multiplatform in a big way, including the option to play with other players using a different platform, the number of players, and the amount of time they spend playing, it has continued to grow exponentially.
This is excellent news for gamers. It isn’t such great news for anyone trying to teach a class or maintain a productive working environment. We bet that there are more than a few managers out there who currently can’t help but be reminded of themselves 25 years ago, trying to sneak copies of Doom onto their school or work network so they could engage in a good old-fashioned deathmatch while on company time. Universities are sometimes more lenient with this stuff, but many of them have also elected to keep Fortnite off their networks.
The range of devices that Fortnite can play on, including smartphones that can connect to the internet without access to Wi-Fi, presents a challenge for those trying to block the game. Fortunately for gamers, there are many ways to bypass restrictions.
How to Keep Playing
In spite of the restrictions you might find yourself under at your school or office, it’s generally not too difficult to find a workaround.
Using a VPN
The first thing you can try is using a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN will encrypt your internet traffic. This means that institutions won’t be able to block Fortnite because they won’t know whether the data you are sending and receiving has anything to do with the game. All they will see will be that you are sending something to the VPN server.
A VPN can be easily installed on a smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer. You can even find VPN services dedicated to providing the best possible gaming experience.
In some cases, network administrators really have thought of everything. Some Wi-Fi networks are locked down so tight and so well secured that there’s just no way you’re getting at anything they don’t want you to. In these cases, your best bet is to simply switch to 4G.
With a smartphone, this is as simple as toggling a setting. For laptops and desktops, you can tether them to your smartphone, allowing them to connect through your phone’s 4G. 4G data flows through your cell phone provider. So, unless they have some strange restrictions for gaming, you should have no trouble accessing the Fortnite game servers.
If you are one of the many people who has recently leaped aboard the Fortnite craze train, you don’t want anything keeping you away from your favorite game. Investing in a VPN is the best way of ensuring that you won’t get blocked from playing.