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

How many people play Fortnite?
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Thanks to the recent Travis Scott live concert event we have a recent read on how many people play Fortnite. Epic hasn't released new numbers for ages suggesting that the game hadn't beaten previous peaks fora while. Those peaks were huge though so it wasn't like there was anything to worry about. However, the recent concert has seen a few press releases about how many people joined in so you know it must have gone really well. And, while Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 has been delayed, it doesn't look like the appetite to play Fortnite is decreasing. 

How many people play Fortnite?

The most recent numbers we have for how many people play Fortnite comes from the recent Travis Scott concert event. That boasted 12.3 million concurrent players. That's a big step up from the 10.8 million concurrent players that logged on for the in-game live Marshmello concert.  

'Concurrent players' means that number were all online at once, so active players, in the game during the event. The other number you'll hear mentioned a lot is that Fortnite has 250 million players in total, as of March 2019. That, however, counts every registered account, active or otherwise. The fact that we've not had any update on that in over a year would suggest Epic has yet to beat that peak. 

Another recorded statistic mentions the highest number of players active in a month, which was 78.3 million, recorded in August 2018. Again, that's not all at once but that still a lot of people actively playing

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.

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