May 17, 2020

Is Fortnite more than a game?

Mobile
Entertainment
William Smith
3 min
Virtual reality
Epic Games’ 2017 free-to-play video game Fortnite took on the nascent battle royale genre and turned it into a phenomenon. So successful has Fortnite...

Epic Games’ 2017 free-to-play video game Fortnite took on the nascent battle royale genre and turned it into a phenomenon. So successful has Fortnite been that an argument can be made for it having achieved a status of its own.

The first argument for its unique position would likely rely on the astronomical success of Fortnite as an esport, with the winner of the recent Fortnite World Cup receiving a $3mn prize. There is another argument to be made, however, that the success of Fortnite lies in it having become a social platform, a viewpoint bolstered by today’s announcement of the launch of a so called “Party Hub” for the mobile version of the game.

The Party Hub replicates social features built into the other platforms on which Fortnite is available – namely the ability to voice chat with friends and form parties, allowing groups to join games together. In keeping with the multi-platform nature of the game, which is available on essentially anything one cares to mention, mobile users can join parties with those on any other system, ensuring social circles are not divided along lines of console ownership.

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These social features are far from the first of their kind, with communities having grown up around video games since the inception of the medium. From people competing for high scores in arcades to communities of like-minded individuals building up around specific servers in multiplayer games, the social element has always been inseparable from the rest of the experience. What it does represent is an expansion of such features from their typical home on consoles and PCs to the more casual and ubiquitous platform of mobile phones.

It’s not the first time Epic has foregrounded the shared experience the game has to offer. Back in February, a virtual concert by American DJ Marshmello attracted millions to the game. A special mode was specifically created for the occasion wherein the usual objectives of the game were disabled and players were greeted by a stage and a digital representation of the musician. As the event progressed, players were invited to “dance” using emotes, special animations which can be unlocked for real money, and events mirrored the content of the songs.

Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney said in March that there are 250mn registered players of the game, representing a huge market for the V-Bucks digital currency that is used to purchase cosmetic items such as costumes and the aforementioned emotes. By harnessing the potential of Fortnite as a social experience, as the concert undoubtedly did, that figure only seems likely to keep climbing.

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Aug 4, 2021

CoreFlex Solutions, Value-Based Transformational Outcomes

CoreFlexSolutions
TheTileShop
digitaltransformation
digitalsolutions
2 min
Leveraging CoreFlex Solutions, The Tile Shop is on its way to extracting maximum value from Salesforce and SAP

CoreFlex Solutions is focused on providing the right solutions that address the needs and values of clients in 5 key areas: Salesforce, Digital, Integration, Testing and Operations. From project initiation and early onset thinking to defining requirements and execution, CoreFlex delivers transformational outcomes and have been a trusted, valued partner for The Tile Shop in executing Salesforce and upgrading SAP.

“CoreFlex has been very helpful. They know Salesforce, and they've made it very stable. They've been able to make improvements. But they also happen to be a great SAP offshore partner for us, and they're helping us with our SAP upgrade with QA and so forth,” said Christopher Davis, Chief Information Officer at The Tile Shop.

“The nice thing about CoreFlex is I've worked with them multiple times, over many different companies, and their leadership knows what they do well, can tell you what they will do and do it. But they also have that great thing about a partnership where they'll tell you what they don't do. And so when I go to them, I always know what I'm going to get. I'm going to get transparency, clarity, and good quality. “ 

 

Salesforce Implementations

Although Salesforce is a flexible platform that offers powerful capabilities and can be quickly implemented to support a myriad of business and customer-facing functions, many go wrong in their implementations and fail to extract optimal outcomes. Holding over 80 person-years of Salesforce experience, CoreFlex can help customers who struggle with adoption rates and underutilize Salesforce to improve effectiveness by offering services such as health checks, validations, pilots and Proof of Concepts (POCs).

 

SAP Services

CoreFlex offers a comprehensive portfolio of SAP service offerings to help you maintain your competitive advantage in today’s highly competitive and dynamic markets.

CoreFlex holds expertise in Consumer Products, Logistics, Healthcare and Software Engineering domains.

Find out more about their full suite of services that span the complete lifecycle of SAP enterprise solutions.

 

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