One of the symptoms of recognition of today’s popular culture is the skins of the video game Fortnite. Developed by Epic Games and released in 2017, Fortnite merges games like Minecraft and Terraria and shooter games.
One of the most successful attributes of Fortnite is precisely its skins, which are essentially outfits for your character. Although this feature is shared with many other game types, in Fortnite, things have gotten complicated over the years. As explained by Best Gaming Settings, “the skins can make [your player] into dramatically different shaped characters.”
“Some skins are essentially their own character as a whole, with different variation skins of that character in different looks,” the gaming platform explained.
Fortnite’s most successful game mode has been Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing. In its first three months of release, this game mode sold up to 5 million copies and became a cultural phenomenon.
In fact, several celebrities have reported playing the game, and a streaming event in March 2018, where artists such as Drake and Travis Scott played alongside streamer Ninja, forever sealed the link between the game and pop culture icons.
Following the success of iconic skins such as Scott’s, Major Lazer, and even Neymar Jr, dataminers have leaked the new skins that will be available after update 17.40 of the battle royale, among which is that of Colombian singer J Balvin.
Known for his passion for video games — just look at his collaboration with Pokémon’s 20th anniversary — J Balvin joins the battle royale with a skin featuring a striking blue hairstyle and a rainbow stripe. He is recognizable by his tattoos and selection of colorful Nike sneakers.
His variants include one with his head surrounded by purple and dark hellfire and another that reveals his skeleton in garish pastel colors.
Alongside J Balvin’s skin, names such as Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, and Chris Hemsworth have been leaked.