Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is nearly here and some will be asking how many people play Fornite again, because you can bet there's going to be a surge of interest when all that new stuff drops. News on the Fortnite player count is long over due as well. While there have been plenty of press releases in the past about incredible numbers it's... been a while since Epic said anything official.
That doesn't mean less people are playing. The released numbers for how many people play Fornite have, in the past, focused on massive events. Things like the live Marshmello concert created a huge surge in players that day to day play is unlikely to match. Plus there have been a few technical issues - the big Star Wars reveal had loads of login problems that stopped people joining in, for example.
Based on the most recent official stats, still from early 2019, there are hundreds of millions of registered accounts, and tens of millions of actives players. However, the fact that we've not seen more recent numbers suggests that those figures haven't been surpassed anytime recently. There's still plenty of people playing though, so let's take a look at exactly how many.
How many people play Fortnite?
The big number you'll see mentioned is that Fortnite has 250 million players in total as of March 2019. That's a count of every registered account though, which probably includes a few inactive accounts. In terms of who's actually playing, then the highest number of players active in a month so far is 78.3 million, recorded in August 2018.
Given that the 250 million registered accounts is up 50 million from the 200 million recorded at the end of 2018, that's a pretty healthy growth for barely three months. For comparison rival game Apex Legends hit 50 million players in its first month (between February and March) which means roughly 18 months after it was released Fortnite's battle royale mode can still match a launches for growth.
The most interesting statistic though has to be the 10.8 million concurrent players that logged on for the in-game live Marshmello concert. 10.8 million people all playing Fortnite at once is an incredible number. The original battle royale, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, currently clock in around 900k concurrents on Steam on average and has hit a little over 3 million on a good day. That's PC only admittedly, not console or mobile, but it's unlikely rounding those up would hit 10 million. Fortnite is big people, and it's unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon. Even if it started dying tomorrow it would months if not years to shed enough player base to be considered failing.
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