Fortnite players join in on Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Hugely popular battle royale game Fortnite is getting a MĀori language spin.

As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) and Mahuru Māori, New Zealand e-sports broadcaster Let's Play Live (LPL) is partnering with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) for a special event.

On Wednesday, a Fortnite match featuring professional Kiwi player Twizz and LPL MC Amy Potter will be broadcast using only te Reo Māori phrases.

Mahuru Māori is a challenge in which te Reo Māori is used by participants for all forms of communication, with more 1000 people taking part in September, 2018.

Twizz and Potter will learn the te reo Māori equivalent of popular Fortnite multiplayer phrases and words, before putting them to use as part of a team of four that goes to war in a livestreamed 100-player match.

"We want to see people incorporating more te reo Māori in their lives - and video games are a big part of many peoples' lives," says Uenuku Winitana, a TWoA-sponsored gamer and Pukana presenter.

The te reo Māori match will be streamed live via LPL's Twitch account from 7pm on September 12.

Fans can download their own Fortnite map translated into te reo Māori, along with a translation guide of popular phrases from the game, from the official Mahuru Māori website.

Meanwhile, a Fortnite version of its classic board game Monopoly was recently announced.

Players will have health points instead of money and the traditional property trading game mechanics will be replaced with battle royale elements.

Fortnite Monopoly is set for release on October 1.