Knowing how many people play Fornite is tricky to answer given how opaque Epic can be with numbers. However, bad news for the is Fortnite dying crowd, though - the numbers are probably still very high.
The 'how high' bit isn't very clear though because Epic only really releases numbers when it's got something to crow about. So unless an event or player count beats previous figures, the publisher won't say anything. Which doesn't mean things weren't good, though. Stats are often only released from peak moments like concerts and season events which are huge numbers, meaning that unreleased numbers can still be massive, just not bigger than before.
So while only the peaks are ever publicly acknowledged, even the unmentioned highs are probably still quite high. There are also a few different ways of counting things, with talk of numbers like registered players, concurrent players and so on. The last official figure we have comes from December 2020's end of season event, which was huge. So big in fact that if Epic aren't talking numbers because it hasn't been beaten, we still could be looking at a figure that most games can only dream of. It means the more recent Ariana Grande Rift Tour which didn't see any stats released, could have been huge, just not bigger than the December event.
However, even without any recent numbers there's still plenty of info on how many people play Fortnite, trends and more.
How many people play Fortnite?
We defeated him! A record 15.3 million concurrent players joined forces in our biggest event ever to fight back Galactus in today's in-game event, while more than 3.4 million cheered and watched on @YouTubeGaming and @Twitch! pic.twitter.com/IAcNpcPKEwDecember 2, 2020
The big Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 Galactus event in December 2020 gives us one of the more recent reads on an active player count with 15.3 millions players logging concurrently to see the season close. That's a big jump from the previously touted number of 12.3 million players that all logged in at once to watch the Travis Scott event back in April 2020.
Over 12.3 million concurrent players participated live in Travis Scott's Astronomical, an all-time record! Catch an encore performance before the tour ends: https://t.co/D7cfd2VxccApril 24, 2020
That's also an impressive increase from the 10.8 million concurrent players that logged on for the in-game live Marshmello concert in February 2019. The numbers are always going up and it doesn't look like there's going to be any lack of interest going forward.
What's really interesting however is the number of registered players. That's a tally of all the Fortnite accounts that exists. It doesn't represent the active player though, as it counts every single account that exists, even people that signed up once and then never played. But, while it's not a great way to see how many people are playing Fortnite it is a good indication of the game's success. Especially when that number goes up - in March 2019 there were 250 million registered players in total, however in May 2020 that number jumped to 350 million:
Fortnite now has over 350 million registered players! In April, players spent over 3.2 billion hours in game. 🙌🥳Let’s keep the party going with our Party Royale Premiere LIVE on May 8 at 9PM ET featuring @DillonFrancis @steveaoki @deadmau5: https://t.co/H18c3UgBL1 pic.twitter.com/Cgt3r7LXQOMay 6, 2020
So that's an increase of 100 million registered accounts in just over a year. That is not a number to be ashamed of.
One thing that's harder to work out is how Fortnite stacks up against other games. Because so many of these stats are cherry picked from super successful moments and not often updated it's hard to compare things directly. You can sort of guesstimate things though. The highest number of Fortnite players active in a month was recorded in August 2018 at 78.3 million. For comparison, Apex Legends boasted '70 million players' in Oct 2019, while the original battle royale, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, hit a 400 million player peak in June 2018, and 3.24 million concurrents in January 2018, but currently has a peak monthly players count around 886,255 for April 2020. Warzone on the other hand hit 50 million players in April 2020.
It all points to Fortnite continuing to be the biggest battle royale out there for the time being.
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