"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 going on, complete with a ball drop and fireworks for when the clock strikes midnight.
But "Fortnite" has a global player base with more than 200 million players worldwide; meaning that players in different time zones will see the new year at different times. "Fortnite" creator Epic Games with a simple solution, the New Year's ball in "Fortnite" will drop at the top of every 24 time zones around the world.
However, some players who spent the early days of New Year's Eve playing "Fortnite" were shocked to see the fireworks arrive early for their own time zone. When the ball drops in "Fortnite" players are forced to ignore. 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 surged with responses to the "early" event, prompting a response from Epic Games. Co-founder and Vice-President Mark Rein gently chided players who believed the event had been triggered early in error.
"Is not that you do not really understand how timezones work or do you think yours is the only timezone in the world?" Rein tweeted.
Epic spokesman Nick Chester and Rein both confirmed that the event would happen every hour to account for every time zone.
Hopefully, the event will teach how wide the "Fortnite" community stretches, and remind some of the Earth revolves around the sun, not around them.