Inverse has debuted its new video series, Squad Up, the internet’s first Fortnite talk show, which naturally takes place entirely inside of the world of Fortnite Battle Royale.
It’s easy to make assumptions about Fortnite players but what if one player turns out to actually be a semi-brilliant Mississippi teen with an encyclopedic knowledge of memes? Or perhaps a bright, young mother who balances her love of video games with raising her three-year-old daughter. These are the people hosts Weston Green and Justin Dodd squad-up with to hear their stories and play Fortnite. With 125 million players across all platforms, Fortnite players are as varied as the fandom.
“It’s fun when you’re squadding up — playing with people around the world,” Green told Digiday in an article about the show published on Thursday. “We thought, ‘How do we turn this into a show?’”
In the first episode — watch it above — Dodd and Green chat with five amazing gamers from across the world. Their first conversation is with a college student in North Carolina. In another, they talk to a writer from Chicago on his ambitions to be a TV writer.
There’s a heavy stigma that hangs over gamers: Racism and sexism abound and online gaming chats are, a lot of the time, places where 12-year-olds say horrible things about other 12-year-olds’ mothers. But there’s also a wide community of good, interesting, unique people who have stories to tell while they kick back with some Fornite.
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