"Fortnite" has become known for its special in-game events, many of which coincide with real world holidays. So of course, the game has its own New Year's event, complete with ball drop and fireworks for when the clock hits midnight.
But "Fortnite" has a global player base with over 200 million players worldwide; which means 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 for midnight in all 24 time zones around the world.
Some players who spent the early hours of New Year's Eve playing "Fortnite" were shocked to see the fireworks coming early for their own time zone. When the ball falls into "Fortnite", players are forced to dance for a few seconds, making the moment impossible to ignore. Several players jumped to social media to announce that "Fortnite's" New Year celebration had departed early.
An honest mistake to be sure, but the "Fortnite" community has increased in response to the "early" event, giving an answer from Epic Games. Co-founder and Vice President Mark Rein carefully tried players who thought the incident had been triggered early in error.
"Is it that you don't 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 incident would happen every hour to count for each time zone.
Hopefully, the event will learn how wide the "Fortnite" community extends, and remind you that the Earth revolves around the sun, not around them.