Fortnite Battle Royale isn’t just hugely popular with the core gaming crowd: Epic Games’ multiplayer title is also a hit with professional athletes. Over the past few weeks and months, fans of the game have seen athletes across a variety of sports show off their appreciation for the release, including the time two MLB players played it on a jumbotron. But today saw one of the most watched cases of an athlete who wants to share his fondness for the game.
Antoine Griezmann scored the opening goal in the Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Marseille, a match that Atletico Madrid would go on to win 3-0 to raise the trophy. While the goal was a massive deal due to how prestigious the Europa League is, Griezmann also got everyone talking with his Fortnite-inspired celebration. After sticking the ball in the back of the net, Griezmann performed the “Take The L” celebration in which he makes an “L” sign with his hand and does a jig from side to side.
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Antoine Griezmann has scored in every knockout round in this year's Europa League ???? pic.twitter.com/otHXdg5NTF
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 16, 2018
This isn’t the first time that Griezmann has done this. In a match in early April, the Atletico Madrid superstar also performed the Take The L dance. But his decision to perform this cheeky Fortnite goal celebration during the Europa League final makes this Griezmann’s biggest stage yet. Last year’s Europa League final was viewed by tens of millions of people and this year’s final likely did similar numbers.
Epic Games’ title has found no shortage of celebrity fans. In addition to world-renowned soccer players such as Griezmann, the game also made headlines when Twitch streamer Ninja played the game with Drake and Travis Scott.
As mentioned, athletes across other sports (including rugby and basketball players in the NBA) have expressed their support for the game. One NBA player even commissioned an artist to create a custom pair of Fortnite sneakers, which is some serious commitment to a game.
While Fortnite managed to get to such levels on its own back, the support from so many famous faces hasn’t hurt the game’s popularity. Epic Games may feel that it doesn’t need to promote the game, seeing as A-listers and respected figures in entertainment are getting the word out about the game for them. Some have even streamed the title themselves. So while the Europa League final may be the last time fans see Griezmann perform in an Atletico Madrid shirt, it’s unlikely to be the last time that a celebrity shows off their Fortnite appreciation.
Fortnite is available now in early access for iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Header image via: Europa League – Twitter