I am not a fan of Ariana Grande, though I doubt her marketing team cares because I'm not her target demographic.
I am a Fornite fan, though, which means an audible groan escaped my lips when I first heard about the Rift Tour featuring Ariana Grande.
This is one Fortnite event that I have absolutely no interest in, so when the new Social Tab appeared in-game, I promptly clicked on it and selected a date to view the show.
Why did I do that?
There is no way I am actually going to watch the Rift Tour Concert.
I have no intention of watching a virtual Ariana Grande give a virtual performance while running around as Marigold, my skin of choice in Fortnite.
Instead, I will wait in the lobby, hoping to get into the concert so I can get in, see what the fuss is about, and walk away from my computer while the event goes on.
My main reason for attending the concert will be to snag the Cloudcruiser Umbrella (I already got the Rainbow Cloudcruiser for being a Crew member,) a cosmetic item I will probably never use.
After that, I'll complete the Post-Event Challenges to obtain even more cosmetic items I will never use (though I will enjoy that sweet, sweet XP for some of the challenges.)
I'm participating because I'm an active Fortnite player and writer, and I don't want to miss out.
I have no interest in seeing you inside Fortnite.
In fact, the only good part about your involvement with the game is the awesome Sweetener Sailshards Glider that came from it.
I'll attend your concert, grab my free goodies, and move on with my Fortnite play.
That being said, I'm really excited for those players out there who are truly looking forward to the event and the extras it brings along with it.
I think it's amazing that Fortnite players that are Ariana Grande fans have the opportunity to experience an event like this and get the ability to snag the singer's likeness to play as.
I may not like Ariana Grande or the event as a whole, but I'm not about to ruin the experience for those who do.
Fortnite is a game that appeals to a wide variety of people, young and old.
While some players may question certain additions to the game, other players are geeking out hardcore about them.
The best advice?
If you don't like a Fortnite collaboration, ignore it.
That, or at least grab whatever freebies you can and move on.
If you do enjoy a collab, do so wholeheartedly.