Someone started a petition asking Epic Games to get rid of Fortnite

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Screenshot/Nick Tylwalk /

This would go in the “Yeah, uh, good luck with that” category if its originator wouldn’t have fessed up that it was intended to be a joke.

Until people simply get tired of it, something Epic Games will be going hard to make sure doesn’t happen for a long time, there’s no stopping the juggernaut that is Fortnite. Already a hit on console and PC, its fortunes only exploded once it became available on Apple iPhones and iPads.

(The word “fortunes” is meant literally, in case you don’t think raking in nearly a million dollars a day on iOS alone is a big deal.)

Even more impressive is the ubiquity of Fortnite. If you have kids old enough to be gamers, they play it. If you have a significant other, he or she has blown you off a time or two to get in a few more squad runs. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than staunch non-gamers who hasn’t at least dabbled in it, and apparently, that’s become enough of a problem to warrant a petition.

Yep, as ludicrous at it seems, there is a very real petition asking Epic Games to “get rid of Fortnite.” It has more than 700 signatures at the time of this article, though doesn’t seem likely to go truly viral and make a run at five digits or anything.

Still, it’s worth reading because the originator claims it was intended as a joke, then hedges and says this:

"But i see how the game can take away from family time and It is a problem in that sense and i see how mothers get annoyed"

Some of the commenters appear serious as well:

"Fortnite is annoying, it is distracting when people talk about it in class. It is lowering my friend’s grades as they are addicted to it. I don’t know what to do, she’s throwing her life away for the game"

(We’re not all making fun of gaming addiction, which is very real, but the idea that one specific game is to blames seems a little much.)

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The petition sprang to life two months ago, before Fortnite hit mobile, and is still slowly but steadily getting people to sign, creeping past milestones. Maybe most of them are joking, could be a few are serious, but there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for Epic Games to say, “Yeah, let’s stop making that million a day.” Nice try, gg.