With so many battle royale games on the market, we're constantly seeing titles picking and choosing which concepts to emulate from other games or, if you prefer to make it sound fancy, "pay homage to" in their matches. Typically, we see other games borrowing concepts or ideas from PUBG or Fortnite, but Fortnite's Season 8 update showed Epic Games isn't afraid to take from a popular competitor. The game now has a pinging system like Apex Legends'.
Here's how pinging works in general. When you tap on something in the field, you can highlight it. It is a way of helping point out things, especially on teams. In Fortnite, the ping system is rather easy to implement. If you tap once, you can mark a place to go or perhaps point out an item that would be handy to get. Tapping twice lets you set an alart for where you saw some hostile forces, so you have an idea of other players who might be waiting to attack. It's a way to give people a head's up.
This feature wasn't noted in the official Fortnite Season 8 patch notes, but it is right there. It is also very handy for people who are playing with others, whether or not they are using mics. It gives a visual representation of what people should be doing and where they should be going. Which, you know, Apex Legends has been letting people do for a while now.