With every update, every Fortnite Battle Pass Challenge, every rubber ducky, every ridiculous John Wick skin, Fortnite just grows in popularity. Thanks to Epic Games’ dedication to bringing regular updates, new and exciting cosmetic rewards, and even Avengers: Infinity War tie-ins, the free-to-play battle royale mode that is now Fortnite’s biggest boon, is only getting bigger and better. But how many people play Fortnite really?
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 this summer.
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.
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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