Battle royale games have been all the rage for years now, and much of that can be attributed to the success of PUBG and DayZ. However, it was Fortnite that helped to boost the battle royale style into the mainstream, and it has brought out some of the biggest celebrities in the process.
As a result, Fortnite publisher Epic Games has collaborated with several A-list stars throughout the game’s run. Here are our picks for our favorite crossovers that have allowed players to take the form of their favorite celebs.
While it wasn’t the first collab that Fortnite has had with more mainstream pop culture figures, Marshmello was the first one to really tap into Generation Z. Epic Games teamed up with DJ Marshmello, releasing a skin of his on-stage persona’s likeness in the store for Season 7. Naturally, the skin also came with Marshmello’s music that allowed players to dance along with the beats.
While older people on the internet love to hate on Fortnite, one thing that every generation on the internet can agree on is a love for Keanu Reeves. In 2019, Reeves became part of the Fortnite universe when his movie character John Wick became a playable character in the game. Many people flocked to the store to play as the lethal hitman, taking on the challenges that unlocked some of his accessories in the process.
Chapter 2 of Fortnite marked a big change for the game, including a massive concert event for players to join online. The first concert was put on by rapper Travis Scott, who also became a playable character in the game. The 2020 concert took place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with 45 million players in attendance. “Just being able to get some of my ideas off in a game, and for people to play at the crib (has been amazing),” Scott said.
Marvel is one of the biggest franchises in entertainment today thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which kicked off with 2008’s “Iron Man”. After three seasons with no collaborations, Fortnite teamed up with Marvel to create the game’s first-ever collab. The Infinity Gauntlet with Thanos made its way to the map, allowing players to take the form of the Mad Titan when finding the gauntlet. Marvel has continued to work with Fortnite ever since, with some of the playable characters including Deadpool, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and many more.
Upon the release of the second “Space Jam” film, Warner Bros collaborated with Fortnite to get NBA icon and “Space Jam: Legacy” star LeBron James into the game. James could be played in his signature streetwear or his Tune Squad uniform. While his pickaxe didn’t make much sense as a lion, it was an overall cool look with LeBron having his unique on-court celebration as an emote.
Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson is one of the biggest names on the internet thanks to his viral YouTube videos that are typically centered around philanthropy. If you haven’t seen one of his videos or heard his name, there’s a good chance that you’ve been living under a rock. In 2022, MrBeast collaborated with Fortnite to give away a $1 million prize while also giving certain players a unique umbrella while his likeness became a playable character in the game.
You might not take Ariana Grande as a big Fortnite player, but that didn’t stop Epic Games from collaborating with the superstar singer for season seven of chapter two. In fact, Grande was in the process of kicking off her massive Rift Tour, and it all started with an in-game show on Fortnite. “Working with Epic and the Fortnite team to bring my music to life inside the game has been so fun and such an honor,” Grande said.
World Wrestling Entertainment seems like a perfect candidate to collaborate with Fortnite thanks to all the unique characters in the sport and the opportunity for wackiness. However, it took until the third season of chapter three that there was a WWE-Fornite collaboration. Naturally, the first wrestler to enter the Fortnite universe was John Cena, who went on to say that he was looking for more ways to be involved with the game.
Sports leagues have wanted to become part of Fortnite since the game became popular in the mainstream. The NFL was one of the first to collaborate, releasing exclusive cosmetic items. Finally, in season three, one of the best players in the league became playable as gamers could use Kansas City Cheifs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in between his Super Bowl wins.