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Here's how many people play Fortnite

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People always want to know how many people play Fortnite. Often it's non-fans wondering is Fortnite dying? The short answer is no: millions of people are still playing. If Epic isn't revealing amazing stats as much as it used to it's because there are some huge numbers to beat, from special events and end of season spectaculars. Fortnite still has a player count most games can only dream of, and if the numbers have gone down the game has lost more players than some will ever see. 

Recently we've had the Ariana Grande Rift Tour and concert that seems like the biggest thing in the world at the time, but was it. There still hasn't been any official numbers although there were reports the concert had over a million viewers at its peak. However, details are been limited which might mean numbers weren't higher than previous events. There still might have been an incredible amount of players watching the concert but Epic only really make big announcements about player counts when it's bigger than the last thing. Even with such a controlled release of info, however, you can still get a good idea of how many people play Fortnite from the mention over time - things like the Travis Scott concert, or Chapter 2 Season 5 Galactus event. So let's take a look at the numbers we do have. 

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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. 

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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: 

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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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Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's guides coordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website.  I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.