As we hurtle through Fortnite season 5 is crazy to think how far Epic Games' take on the battle royale genre has come in less than a year. With every week of Fortnite Battle Pass Challenges, every ridiculous yet amazing skin, every silly emote, and every Fortnite Road Trip challenges screen, we just get further immersed in Fortnite. As you'd imagine, it's not just us who have lost our nut for Fortnite. How many people play Fortnite? We hear you ask. Is it really as many as they say? Well, yes actually. The Fortnite player count really is exploding exponentially.
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Turns out, it’s a lot, but it’s also quite hard to pin down an exact figure. 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 a special iOS 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 and no doubt set to rise again, what with Fortnite mobile coming to Android devices outside of Samsung Galaxy phones any day now.
Since then, Epic has been fairly quiet on exactly how many people play Fortnite, but it’s clear that it is definitely more than PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds. At the time of writing, PUBG is averaging out at around a 1.5 million concurrent player figure, which obviously is nothing to be sniffed at, but if Fortnite is still circling that 3.4 million figure that’s some serious competition. 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.
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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