Rumors are once again circulating that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is buying Fortnite, but is there any truth to this, and why has the speculation started? We break it all down below.
Fortnite is arguably one of the biggest games on the planet right now, with millions of players showing up every week for a chance to win a Victory Royale. After a bit of a lull, Chapter 3 brought the game back to life, bringing high-profile crossovers like the anime Dragon Ball Super, and Captain Marvel star Brie Larson is set to arrive soon.
With a popularity that extends far beyond the realm of gaming, it’s no surprise that Fortnite occasionally catches the eye of some of the biggest names on the planet. But one of the more bizarre rumors is that SpaceX founder Elon Musk is buying the battle royale.
So, is Elon Musk buying Fortnite? Keep reading and we’ll explain everything to you.
Does Elon Musk buy Fortnite?
As of this writing, no, Elon Musk is not buying Fortnite or Epic Games as a whole. The billionaire has not publicly announced any plans to bid on the company and take control of Fornite.
Instead, “Elon Musk is buying” is an internet meme that has resurfaced largely due to Musk’s public intention to buy Twitter earlier in 2022. Following the news, a number of posts are went viral joking that Musk was buying everything from the moon to country music.
The man himself even joined in the fun on August 17, hilariously claiming he was going to buy Manchester United Football Club. That being said, the rumors of Elon Musk buying Fortnite, in particular, have much older origins.
Elon Musk buys Fortnite trend explained
The Elon Musk buys Fortnite trend dates back to a tweet from 2018, where Musk referenced a fake article titled, “Elon Musk buys Fortnite and deletes it.” The piece also features a joke quote from Musk claiming “I had to save those children from eternal virginity.”
The title and quote were clearly a parody, and Musk got into the act, responding, “It had to be done, you’re welcome.”
That nearly four-year-old tweet had quite an impact, and gamers out of the loop regularly wonder if the tech mogul is actually looking to buy Fortnite or Epic Games. This is why you will see the question rise from time to time.
Luckily, as far as we know, Fortnite is safe and Elon Musk has no intention of buying and deleting it.
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