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Italy Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Spike in Fortnite Traffic

Fortnite traffic has spiked considerably in Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Fortnite traffic has spiked considerably in Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown. | Photo courtesy of Epic Games

Fortnite traffic has spiked considerably in Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown according to Telecom Italia Chief Executive Officer Luigi Gubitosi who shared the information during a conference call. It was first reported by Bloomberg.

“We reported an increase of more than 70% of Internet traffic over our landline network, with a big contribution from online gaming such as Fortnite,” said Gubitosi.

This doesn't come as a surprise to many with the popularity of Fortnite and other games like the recently released Warzone, Infinity Ward's take on the battle royale genre. Instead of running around and playing normal Call of Duty, kids can take their talent to a massive arena.

And it's not just Italy.

In the United Kingdom, a representative for Vodafone Group Plc’s local unit is preparing for stricter government social distancing measures by adding network capacity. Countries around the globe should prepare for higher internet uses during this outbreak, as people stay indoors and look for some form of entertainment.

Video games will be one of those choices. And developers will need to prepare server capacity as young men and women look to play more games.