By Emily LangerThe last time anyone on Leewards Community College got to play the game that launched the school’s online career was on a Monday morning in late September.
For the past few years, Leewild’s community college has been on a mission to become the next generation of online professionals—players who have grown up on the internet and are comfortable using social media to share and connect with their peers and classmates.
For the past year, the school has been running a new online course called “Digital Empowerment: How to Be a Better, More Successful Online Professional,” which is being taught by a team of nearly 200 digital natives and veterans of the career industry.
And as the school, led by Dean of College and Vice President for Learning, Amy S. Hochman, prepared to launch the course on Sept. 28, a game called “Fortnite: The Battle for Fortnite” was coming online.
Fortnites, an online arena shooter game that has had its fair share of controversy and controversy-making, was an idea Hochfield had long wanted to try out.
“We wanted to make a game for kids that we felt was just as fun as it is for adults,” Hochland said.
The game was set to be released in September, and the game would be free.
But in a rare move, the game’s developer, Blizzard Entertainment, which makes the game, had its servers taken offline on Sept: 27, a Friday.
Hochland called it an accident.
“It was not a glitch,” she said.
“It was a server issue.”
When she found out about the shutdown, Hochion said she didn’t think much about it until it was too late.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, we lost the game.
We didn’t have the money to buy another server,'” Hochie said.
The game’s creator, Jason Jones, said the servers were taken down because the developers were unable to keep up with demand.
He said he and his co-developer, Josh Smith, were in the middle of finishing a video series that would showcase the game and the course, but that the shutdown forced them to temporarily shut down production.
Hothman said the game was designed to be a fun experience for students and community members, not to be an excuse for any type of criminal activity.
“This is a school, we’re in a place where we’re learning from each other and getting better, and we’re trying to do the right thing,” Hothman told Newsweek.
“So if you’re a student or a member of the community and you have an issue with somebody who’s cheating, you should go to a teacher and let them know about it and talk to them about it.”
Hochman said Fortnites’ developers didn’t know they were shutting down the servers until they saw how quickly the game got shut down, which was about two hours after the servers went offline.
“That was a big moment,” Hochesaid.
“We had no idea that that was going to happen.”
A game with a $15 million budget and no real-time features, Fortnits online courses were meant to offer players a new kind of experience.
Students could play the course as they normally would, or use their real-world credits to earn in-game currency to buy virtual items.
“The game is designed to encourage learning, which means students are encouraged to learn how to create their own videos and learn how their own skills and talents are being used to build a career and a community,” Hoehn said.
Players would be able to log in and earn credits for their own online projects and for the course.
Hoehm said players would be expected to use these credits to pay for in-app purchases, such as in-person classes, tutoring and more.
The courses would be open to anyone over the age of 18, but the first class would be only available to students at Leewield, Hochen said.
Hoches said the classes were not for the sole purpose of making money.
“Students are here to learn and grow,” Hohman said.
“They are here because they want to make their own impact and make their lives better.
It’s not about making money off of it.
It was about learning.”
Hohman and her co-creator, Smith, said they thought the online course would be a great addition to the school and the campus.
The course, which would have taken place in a virtual classroom, was being developed in-house, with the team using the skills and resources they had developed over the past five years at Leepard.
“Our students have been really supportive of this course, and that’s been a huge help,” Houghman said of the