Epic Games' colourful take on the battle royale is quietly taking over the world, and you might be wondering exactly how many people play Fortnite nowadays. Well, it turns out it's quite a lot. In just over a year Fortnite grows and grows, partly down to the popularity of the Fortnite Battle Pass Challenges giving players fresh targets to hit each week, but also due to the incredible one-time events that draw huge player counts into the game all at once - including the recent cube explosion. RIP Kevin. The Fortnite player count really is exploding exponentially.
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In terms of the exact figures, it can be quite hard to pin down exactly how many people play Fortnite. That’s because on PC, Fortnite is only available via Epic’s dedicated launcher, which doesn’t provide the kind of player data that you’d get on Steam. And although Fortnite is also on PS4 and Xbox One, along with the iOS and Android version known as Fortnite mobile, none of those platforms have a way to see how many players are currently aiming for that coveted Victory Royale.
The only way that we get to get some kind of handle on how many people play Fortnite is from Epic Games itself. Back in January, Epic confirmed that Fortnite was rocking a cool 2 million concurrent players, with that figure rising to a rather ridiculous sounding 3.4 million concurrent players in February.
However, Epic Games has now given us an updated figure. When Fortnite officially launched in Korea, Epic spokesperson Sung Chul Park gave an interview to Korean website Inven, where he stated (via Google Translate) that the "in-game cube events have led to the largest number of concurrent users in game history, exceeding the maximum number of concurrent users of 8.3 million".
And it's definitely outstripping PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds. At the time of writing, PUBG is averaging out at around a 800,000 concurrent player figure on Steam, which obviously is nothing to be sniffed at. PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds still claims the Steam record for number of concurrent players, with 3.2 million.
Concurrents is great, but what about actual figures for how many people play Fortnite?
Away from the competitive concurrent player counts, back in November 2017 Epic announced that there were 20 million people playing Fortnite across the various platforms it’s available on. Then, in January, Epic updated us with a video celebrating the game’s first 100 days of availability, revealing that the player count had risen to 45 million by January 19 thanks to the major map update.
But it didn't stop there. Epic Games announced in a blog post in June that the number of Fortnite players has risen to a staggering 125 million. "In less than a year, Fortnite has grown to 125 million players," read the statement. Crazy, right? Well, it got even crazier, because publishing giant Tencent confirmed to MarketWatch that that 125 million player count equates to 40 million players logging in to play Fortnite every single month.
And that's not all. In August, according to an Epic blog post, 78.3 million people rocked up to play Fortnite that month, marking Fortnite's biggest ever month.
Since then, Epic hasn't revealed the monthly player count for Fortnite, but boy can you bet it's still topping those tens of millions figures.
Adding to the idea that Fortnite is still top dog when it comes to player count in battle royale games, it still tops out as Twitch’s most watched game - or according to Twitch stat tracker Sullygnome anyway - ahead of League of Legends, PUBG and the entire IRL channel. It’s also the most streamed game, ahead of games like Overwatch too. It helps that major names in the entertainment industry are also jumping on the Fortnite bandwagon of course, including rapper Drake.
Of course, with the game soon to launch in China, and the impending Android release, the number for how many people are playing Fortnite is only set to go up. And if we get any more official stats from Epic Games, we’ll be sure to update this article.
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