Fortnite now has over 200 million players worldwide.
It’s hard to believe that Epic Games’ free-to-play Battle Royale mode released a little over a year ago, and is now available on pretty much every platform, including mobile devices. The milestone – which is the equivalent of every single person in the UK owning the game on three different devices – means an additional 125 million players have signed up since Epic last released its registered players numbers back in June, an increase of 60 per cent.
It’s helped the developer secure billions in extra funding and establish new offices all over the world, most recently in Australia and New Zealand. Former CEO of the Games Developers Association of Australia (GDAA), Anthony Reed, announced he had stepped down from his position to work with Epic Games and while Reed did not expand on what Epic’s plans are, nor what his new role will be, he promised there would be "a lot of news" soon.
Following its recent South Korean debut, Fortnite also hit an all-time high of 8.3 million concurrent players. Epic Games Korea CEO Sung Chul Park announced the new record, confirming the new high smashes the previous record of 3.4 million concurrent players.
The global obsession with Fortnite shows no sign of slowing down, with Nintendo recently confirming that Epic’s fan-favourite battle royale game has "gained so much momentum" that since its release on Switch earlier this year, the game has been downloaded to "nearly half" of all systems worldwide.
In other Fortnite news, Streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is hosting a 12-hour Fortnite livestream from Times Square, New York, this New Year’s Eve. "This is going to be a NYE in Times Square like you’ve never seen before," Ninja said about the upcoming event.