The Reading / Listening - Fortnite - Level 3

The video game Fortnite is more popular than television, movies and streaming videos among young people. This is according to the video streaming service Netflix. Gaming is becoming more and more popular with young people worldwide. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was now more of a competitor than HBO - another popular streaming company. Fortnite is much more popular with young men. A study from the American Economic Association found that between 2015 and 2017, men aged between 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming. Their playing rose from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while time spent on watching TV, movies or streaming fell.



Netflix said it must do more to compete with Fortnite. It said the video game was a big challenge in "the global war for Internet users' attention". Netflix said: "We compete with, and lose to, Fortnite....There are thousands of competitors in this market [trying] to entertain consumers." Fortnite is owned by the company Epic Games. It has over 200 million registered users. More than 80 million people log in to play the game each month. Fortnite is so popular because the game's competitive version is free to play. However, other parts of the game helped Epic Games to make $3 billion in profit last year. Epic has plans to build its own app and game store that will be cheaper than Apple's and Google's.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Fortnite - Level 0 Fortnite - Level 1   or  Fortnite - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-study-finds-netflix-is-right-video games-are-a-competitor-to-tv-watching-and-streaming-2019-01-18
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/01/18/netflix-fortnite-is-bigger-rival-than-hbo
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2019/01/17/netflix-reveals-that-its-biggest-threat-is-fortnite/#724ad03a3763


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Warm-ups

1. FORTNITE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Fortnite. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       video game / popular / streaming / worldwide / young men / economic / TV / movies
       challenge / attention / competitors / consumers / users / competitive / profit / app
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. GAMING: Students A strongly believe gaming is better than television; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. GAMES: What are the good and bad things about these games? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Video games

 

 

Card games

 

 

Board games

 

 

Sports games

 

 

Quiz games

 

 

Role play games

 

 

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5. VIDEO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "video". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TELEVISION: Rank these with your partner. Put the best TV shows at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Quiz shows
  • The weather
  • Movies
  • Soaps
  • Comedies
  • Documentaries
  • News
  • Cooking

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. streaming a. Used money or time for something.
      2. according to b. As spoken or said by, or written in.
      3. viewing c. An organization, country or business that is in economic competition with others.
      4. competitor d. A method of sending or receiving data (especially video and audio material) over a computer network or the Internet.
      5. rose e. Decrease in number, amount, intensity, or quality.
      6. spent f. The action of watching something on television.
      7. fell g. Moved from a lower position to a higher one; come or go up.

    Paragraph 2

      8. challenge h. Provide someone with amusement or enjoyment.
      9. global i. A person's interest in someone or something.
      10. attention j. A type of something different (usually better) from an earlier form or other forms of the same type of thing.
      11. entertain k. A task or situation that tests someone's abilities.
      12. consumers l. About the whole world; worldwide.
      13. version m. Money made from doing business or selling something.
      14. profit n. A person who buys goods and services for personal use.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The game Fortnite is not as popular as streaming among young people.  T / F
  2. Watching TV is also becoming more popular among young people.     T / F
  3. The video company HBO is Netflix's biggest competitor.     T / F
  4. Young men spend about four hours a day playing video games.     T / F
  5. Netflix said it had to do more to compete with Fortnite.     T / F
  6. Fortnite has over 300 million users playing its game.     T / F
  7. The company that owns Fortnite made $3 billion in profit last year.     T / F
  8. The company wants to start an app store to compete with Apple.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. popular
  2. worldwide
  3. competitor
  4. study
  5. rose
  6. compete
  7. consumers
  8. version
  9. profit
  10. build
  1. rival
  2. keep up with
  3. increased
  4. construct
  5. research
  6. well-liked
  7. type
  8. earnings
  9. globally
  10. users

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. This is according
  2. Gaming is becoming more
  3. another popular streaming
  4. Their playing rose from
  5. time spent
  6. Netflix said it must do
  7. We compete with, and
  8. It has over 200 million
  9. make
  10. Epic has plans to build
  1. more to compete with Fortnite
  2. on watching TV
  3. its own app and game store
  4. registered users
  5. and more popular
  6. $3 billion in profit
  7. 2.3 hours a day
  8. to the video streaming service
  9. lose to, Fortnite
  10. company

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
competitor
popular
spent
fell
worldwide
according
rose
found

The video game Fortnite is more (1) ____________ than television, movies and streaming videos among young people. This is (2) ____________ to the video streaming service Netflix. Gaming is becoming more and more popular with young people (3) ____________. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was now more of a (4) ____________ than HBO - another popular streaming company. Fortnite is much more popular with young men. A study from the American Economic Association (5) ____________ that between 2015 and 2017, men aged between 21 and 30 (6) ____________ more time on gaming. Their playing (7) ____________ from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while time spent on watching TV, movies or streaming (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
attention
version
profit
compete
app
registered
consumers
parts

Netflix said it must do more to (9) ____________ with Fortnite. It said the video game was a big challenge in "the global war for Internet users' (10) ____________". Netflix said: "We compete with, and lose to, Fortnite....There are thousands of competitors in this market [trying] to entertain (11) ____________." Fortnite is owned by the company Epic Games. It has over 200 million (12) ____________ users. More than 80 million people log in to play the game each month. Fortnite is so popular because the game's competitive (13) ____________ is free to play. However, other (14) ____________ of the game helped Epic Games to make $3 billion in (15) ____________ last year. Epic has plans to build its own (16) ____________ and game store that will be cheaper than Apple's and Google's.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The video game Fortnite is more popular than television, movies and ______
     a.  stream in videos
     b.  steaming videos
     c.  steam in videos
     d.  streaming videos
2)  This is according to the video streaming ______
     a.  serviced Netflix
     b.  services Netflix
     c.  serve its Netflix
     d.  service Netflix
3)  Gaming is becoming more and more popular with young ______
     a.  people worldly wide
     b.  peoples world wise
     c.  people's world width
     d.  people worldwide
4)  Fortnite is much more popular with ______
     a.  young men
     b.  yearn men
     c.  yang men
     d.  Jung men
5)  Their playing rose from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while time ______ TV
     a.  spent ton watching
     b.  spend on watching
     c.  spent on watching
     d.  spend ton watching

6) it must do more to compete with Fortnite. It said the video game was ______
     a.  a big challenger
     b.  eight big challenges
     c.  eight bigger challenges
     d.  a big challenge
7)  the global war for Internet ______
     a.  uses attention
     b.  users' attention
     c.  use as attention
     d.  uses us attention
8)  There are thousands of competitors in this market [trying] to ______
     a.  entertaining consumers
     b.  entertained consumers
     c.  entertain consumers
     d.  entertains consumers
9)  Fortnite is so popular because the game's competitive ______
     a.  vision is free
     b.  version is freely
     c.  vision is freed
     d.  version is free
10)  other parts of the game helped Epic Games to make $3 ______
     a.  billion on profit
     b.  billion in profit
     c.  billion an profit
     d.  billion win profit

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The video game Fortnite is more popular than television, movies and streaming (1) ___________________ people. This is according to the video streaming service Netflix. Gaming is becoming (2) ___________________ popular with young people worldwide. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was (3) ___________________ a competitor than HBO - another popular streaming company. Fortnite is much more popular with young men. A (4) ___________________ American Economic Association found that between 2015 and 2017, (5) ___________________ 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming. Their playing rose from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while (6) ___________________ watching TV, movies or streaming fell.

Netflix said it must do more (7) ___________________ Fortnite. It said the video game was a big challenge in "the global war for Internet users' attention". Netflix said: "We compete with, (8) ___________________, Fortnite....There are thousands of competitors in this market [trying] to entertain consumers." Fortnite (9) ___________________ the company Epic Games. It has over 200 million registered users. More than 80 million people (10) ___________________ play the game each month. Fortnite is so popular because the game's competitive (11) ___________________ to play. However, other parts of the game helped Epic Games to make $3 billion in profit last year. Epic has plans to (12) ___________________ app and game store that will be cheaper than Apple's and Google's.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is Fortnite more popular than besides watching TV and movies?
  2. What did the article say was becoming less popular?
  3. What is a bigger competitor than Fortnite for Netflix?
  4. In which years did a study look at video game playing of young men?
  5. How many hours a day do young men spend playing video games?
  6. What did Netflix say it must do to compete with Fortnite?
  7. How many competitors in the market are trying to entertain consumers?
  8. How many registered users does Fortnite have?
  9. How much profit did Fortnite's company make last year?
  10. What does Fortnite's company want to build?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is Fortnite more popular than besides watching TV and movies?
a) movie theatres
b) streaming videos
c) YouTube
d) sport
2) What did the article say was becoming less popular?
a) joysticks
b) YouTube
c) the Internet
d) watching TV
3) What is Fortnite a bigger competitor than for Netflix?
a) HBO
b) Disney
c) YouTube
d) Amazon
4) In which years did a study look at video game playing of young men?
a) 2013-2018
b) 2015-2018
c) 2015-2017
d) 2015-2017
5) How many hours a day do young men spend playing video games?
a) 3.5 hours
b) four hours
c) 2.3 hours
d) 3.2 hours

6) What did Netflix say it must do to compete with Fortnite?
a) more
b) fight
c) invest
d) create
7) How many competitors in the market are trying to entertain consumers?
a) tens of thousands
b) 892
c) thousands
d) hundreds
8) How many registered users does Fortnite have?
a) over 200 million
b) just under 200 million
c) exactly 200 million
d) around 200 million
9) How much profit did Fortnite's company make last year?
a) $3 billion
b) $2 billion
c) $4 billion
d) $1 billion
10) What does Fortnite's company want to build?
a) a new headquarters
b) a new game
c) a new brand
d) an app and game store

Role play

Role  A – Comedies
You think comedies are the best shows on TV. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): documentaries, quiz shows or cooking shows.

Role  B – Documentaries
You think documentaries are the best shows on TV. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): comedies, quiz shows or cooking shows.

Role  C – Quiz Shows
You think quiz shows are the best shows on TV. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): documentaries, comedies or cooking shows.

Role  D – Cooking Shows
You think cooking shows are the best shows on TV. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): documentaries, quiz shows or comedies.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'video'

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  • ________________
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  • and 'game'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • big
    • lose
    • entertain
    • 80
    • so
    • app
    • among
    • according
    • viewing
    • another
    • 2015
    • fell




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Fortnite more popular than TV for young people

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'video'?
    3. What do you think of video games?
    4. Are video games good or bad for us?
    5. Which is better - video games or TV?
    6. What do you know about Fortnite?
    7. What do you think of the shows on TV?
    8. Why is streaming so popular?
    9. What is your favourite television show?
    10. What would life be like without TV?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'game'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is your favourite game?
    5. What are the best video games in the world?
    6. How do companies make money if their games are free?
    7. What are the dangers of gaming?
    8. Should there be a limit on the hours people game every day?
    9. What do you think of Apple's App Store?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the bosses of Fortnite?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The video game Fortnite is more popular than television, movies and streaming videos (1) ____ young people. This is according to the video streaming service Netflix. Gaming is becoming more and more popular with young people (2) ____. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was (3) ____ more of a competitor than HBO - another popular streaming company. Fortnite is much more popular with young men. A (4) ____ from the American Economic Association found that between 2015 and 2017, men (5) ____ between 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming. Their playing (6) ____ from 2.3 hours a day to 4 hours, while time spent on watching TV, movies or streaming fell.

    Netflix said it must do more to compete with Fortnite. It said the video game was a big (7) ____ in "the global war for Internet users' attention". Netflix said: "We compete with, and lose to, Fortnite....There are thousands of competitors in this market [trying] to entertain (8) ____." Fortnite is owned (9) ____ the company Epic Games. It has over 200 million registered users. More than 80 million people log in to play the game (10) ____ month. Fortnite is so popular because the game's competitive version is free to play. However, other parts of the game helped Epic Games to make $3 billion (11) ____ profit last year. Epic has plans to build its own (12) ____ and game store that will be cheaper than Apple's and Google's.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     between     (b)     among     (c)     from     (d)     of    
    2. (a)     widely     (b)     width     (c)     worldly     (d)     worldwide    
    3. (a)     know     (b)     now     (c)     knowing     (d)     known    
    4. (a)     desk     (b)     workroom     (c)     study     (d)     learning    
    5. (a)     aged     (b)     age     (c)     aging     (d)     ageless    
    6. (a)     rose     (b)     daisy     (c)     flower     (d)     tulip    
    7. (a)     dispute     (b)     dare     (c)     summon     (d)     challenge    
    8. (a)     consumers     (b)     consommé     (c)     consorts     (d)     conscripts    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    10. (a)     per     (b)     par     (c)     each     (d)     for    
    11. (a)     up     (b)     to     (c)     in     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     sap     (b)     app     (c)     map     (d)     trap

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  with young men. A study from the American Economic Association found that between 2015
    (...)  parts of the game helped Epic Games to make $3 billion in profit last year. Epic has plans to build its own
    (...)  and 2017, men aged between 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming. Their playing rose from 2.3 hours
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    (...)  month. Fortnite is so popular because the game's competitive version is free to play. However, other
    (...)  worldwide. TV viewing is becoming less popular. Netflix said Fortnite was now more of a competitor
    (...)  app and game store that will be cheaper than Apple's and Google's.
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    Put the words in the right order

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    10. own   plans   to   Epic   app   .   its   has   build

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Netflix said it must do more to complete / compete with Fortnite. It said the video game was a big challenge in "the global war for Internet usages / users' attention". Netflix said: "We compete with, and lose of / to, Fortnite....There are thousands of competitors in this marketing / market [trying] to entertain consumers." Fortnite is owner / owned by the company Epic Games. It has over 200 million registered users. More than 80 million people log / logs in to play the game each month. Fortnite is such / so popular because the game's competitive version / vision is free to play. However, other parts of the game helped / heaped Epic Games to make $3 billion in profit last year. Epic has plans to build its own app and game store that will be cheaply / cheaper than Apple's and Google's.

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    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the video game fortnite is more popular than television movies and streaming videos among young people this is according to the video streaming service netflix gaming is becoming more and more popular with young people worldwide tv viewing is becoming less popular netflix said fortnite was now more of a competitor than hbo another popular streaming company fortnite is much more popular with young men a study from the american economic association found that between 2015 and 2017 men aged between 21 and 30 spent more time on gaming their playing rose from 23 hours a day to 4 hours while time spent on watching tv movies or streaming fell

    netflix said it must do more to compete with fortnite it said the video game was a big challenge in the global war for internet users attention netflix said we compete with and lose to fortnitethere are thousands of competitors in this market trying to entertain consumers fortnite is owned by the company epic games it has over 200 million registered users more than 80 million people log in to play the game each month fortnite is so popular because the games competitive version is free to play however other parts of the game helped epic games to make 3 billion in profit last year epic has plans to build its own app and game store that will be cheaper than apples and googles.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ThevideogameFortniteismorepopularthantelevision,moviesandstre
    amingvideosamongyoungpeople.Thisisaccordingtothevideostreami
    ngserviceNetflix.Gamingisbecomingmoreandmorepopularwithyoun
    gpeopleworldwide.TVviewingisbecominglesspopular.NetflixsaidFor
    tnitewasnowmoreofacompetitorthanHBO-anotherpopularstream
    ingcompany.Fortniteismuchmorepopularwithyoungmen.Astudyfro
    mtheAmericanEconomicAssociationfoundthatbetween2015and201
    7,menagedbetween21and30spentmoretimeongaming.Theirplaying
    rosefrom2.3hoursadayto4hours,whiletimespentonwatchingTV,mov
    iesorstreamingfell.NetflixsaiditmustdomoretocompetewithFortnite.
    Itsaidthevideogamewasabigchallengein"theglobalwarforInternetus
    ers'attention".Netflixsaid:"Wecompetewith,andloseto,Fortnite....T
    herearethousandsofcompetitorsinthismarket[trying]toentertaincon
    sumers."FortniteisownedbythecompanyEpicGames.Ithasover200m
    illionregisteredusers.Morethan80millionpeoplelogintoplaythegame
    eachmonth.Fortniteissopopularbecausethegame'scompetitiveversi
    onisfreetoplay.However,otherpartsofthegamehelpedEpicGamesto
    make$3billioninprofitlastyear.Epichasplanstobuilditsownappandga
    mestorethatwillbecheaperthanApple'sandGoogle's.

    Free writing

    Write about Fortnite for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Video games are better than TV. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. FORTNITE: Make a poster about Fortnite. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GAMING: Write a magazine article about banning all digital games from schools. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Fortnite. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on video games. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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