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3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 06 February 2019

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Entertainment Companies Fail to Compete with Fortnite

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • compete: to try to win or be better than others
  • stream: to receive a regular flow of data
  • multiplayer: allowing more than one player at a time
  • register: to sign up for access
  • phenomenon: something that is observed with great interest
  • addiction: a strong need to use or have something
  • back: to support

Entertainment Companies Fail to Compete with Fortnite

In a recent earnings report, Netflix, the media that streams TV and movies to users around the world, claimed that Fortnite is one of its competitors. Fortnite is a free-to-play, multiplayer video game that money from in-game purchases. Over 200 million gamers of all ages have registered to play the game. The Fortnite phenomenon, or addiction as some have called it, is also causing financial problems for major video game such as Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive. Games, the maker of Fortnite, is now backed by major investors including Disney.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What type of game is Fornite?
  2. Approximately how many people have created Fortnite accounts?
  3. Why does the report mention Disney?

Discussion Questions

Have you or your friends played Fortnite? How do you think a video game became so popular that it could even compete with a media giant like Netflix?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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