Some of the Army's most talented soldiers soon will join a team unlike any other.
And so will the service's best constructors and outlanders. Also, ninjas.
Those four groups make up the types of playable characters found in Fortnite, an online video game that now boasts more than 200 million registered players and is making its way into the realm of esports - competitive clashes between teams of gamers seeking prizes and trophies, sometimes with coverage that rivals more traditional sporting events.
The Army hopes that its esports teams will allow the service, which recently missed its recruiting goal for the first time in 10 years, to connect with the American public and attract new troops.
At first, some soldiers didn't believe the Army was forming a team. Could playing esports games really be a job?
“The reaction from my 600-person unit - we didn't think this was a real thing,” said Capt. Kaitlyn Davis, USAR, who is based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. “I've never seen such excitement from younger, junior soldiers. Most Army recruiting programs are effective, but not exciting.”
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