How many people play Fortnite? Is it really as many as people say?

How many people play Fortnite?
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How many people play Fortnite? Short answer: a lot. I'll say it in italics just to really drive the idea home: a lot of people play Fortnite. There's a few variables to consider overall, like registered accounts, active accounts and concurrent players, not to mention the fluctuations you see during special events, and things like the end Fortnite Season 9or the upcoming start of Fortnite Season 10

But cold hard numbers exist so let's answer this once and for all and see how many people play Fortnite. 

How many people play Fortnite?

The big number you'll see mentioned is that Fortnite has 250 million players in total as of March 2019. That's a count of every registered account though, which probably includes a few inactive accounts. In terms of who's actually playing, then the highest number of players active in a month so far is 78.3 million, recorded in August 2018. 

Given that the 250 million registered accounts is up 50 million from the 200 million recorded at the end of 2018, that's a pretty healthy growth for barely three months. For comparison rival game Apex Legends hit 50 million players in its first month (between February and March) which means roughly 18 months after it was released Fortnite's battle royale mode can still match a launches for growth. 

The most interesting statistic though has to be the 10.8 million concurrent players that logged on for the in-game live Marshmello concert. 10.8 million people all playing Fortnite at once is an incredible number. The original battle royale, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, currently clock in around 900k concurrents on Steam on average and has hit a little over 3 million on a good day. That's PC only admittedly, not console or mobile, but it's unlikely rounding those up would hit 10 million. Fortnite is big people, and it's unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon. Even if it started dying tomorrow it would months if not years to shed enough player base to be considered failing.

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