Fortnite: Battle Royale took the world by storm in 2018. The free-to-play, last-man-standing, third-person shooter invaded consoles, PC’s, and mobile phones everywhere with its colorful antics and addicting mixing of shooting and building.
But just how many people are playing Fortnite these days? Well, the answer isn’t as cut-and-dry as we’d like.
In Jan. 2018, after Battle Royale’s first 100 days, Epic Games revealed that there were 45 million players of Fortnite. That number includes all players on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. At E3 2018, Epic made another player count announcement when it announced the Fortnite World Cup. In the announcement, Epic said that Fortnite had reached 125 million players. The last major player count announcement was that the game had hit 250 million users as of March 2019.
There is an issue with these numbers, however, as the number of Fortnite players can’t be tracked like it can with games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam. Steam lists player counts and there are multiple websites that do the same. The number of people actively playing any game, not just free to play games like Fortnite, will never match up with the number of sales or registered accounts.
Since Fortnite is run directly through Epic Games’ launcher, the number can’t be officially quantified by anyone but Epic Games itself. In Mar. 2018, Epic announced that the game reached 8.3 million concurrent players and a year later, in Feb. 2019, Fortnite hit a new record for concurrent players for the Marshmellow concert event, which saw 10.7 million people logged on at the same time.
While it is impossible to know how many people currently play Fortnite on a daily basis, the game is still enormous, almost bigger than we can truly imagine. With players on mobile, console, and PC all enjoying the game, it is safe to assume that Fortnite isn’t going anywhere, any time soon.