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How many people play Fortnite? It's a lot but what's the official number?

How many people play Fortnite?
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When it comes to how many people play Fortnite, Epic is selective with numbers. Obviously it only releases the big figures, usually after a special event, but what does mean when things get quite? 

For a good while there weren't any numbers on how many people play Fortnite which seemed to hint that some of the older peaks hadn't been beaten. They were big peaks though and the kind of numbers that don't go away. The lack of numbers just probably meant nothing had been beaten. However, that all changed in April when Travis Scott held a concert in Fortnite. Epic released a ton of details and press releases about attendance so you know it did well.  The eventual  arrival of the delayed Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 hasn't seen any more talk of numbers so it's likely that Travis Scott's concert is the peak to beak right now.

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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