Released in 2017, Fortnite has evolved into a video game phenomenon over the years. A game considered the rival, cartoon version of PUBG has become the most popular title in the battle royale genre, and Epic Games continues to add content to deliver ever better seasons.
While some players from the early days might argue that the first season of Fortnite was the best ever and that Epic Games can't replicate the same unique experience, the numbers show the opposite.
In fact, one year after its release, Fortnite has gathered more than 125 million players, and that number has been growing ever since: Epic Games' plans are paying off, and new people are opening an account almost every day. The number of registered players increases by 25-40% every year, and 2020 was no exception.
Fortnite is one of the only titles that continues to attract new players years after its release. Riot Games' new obsession with creating and expanding lines of skins in parallel universes might even hint at an inspiration taken from the same trend on Epic's game.
How many players are on Fortnite in 2021 ?
Statista, a German company that specializes in market and consumer data analysis, has claimed that Fortnite has more than 350 million registered players in May 2020.
Fortnite's ongoing collaborations with names like Marvel, DC and other artists have done a good amount of work to attract new players, including their own community. Fortnite streamers playing with celebrities for events is also another great way to introduce Fortnite to a new community. The game is still attractive even after all these years, the average viewers on the famous Twitch platform is around 130,000 people watching streams of the game. Indeed, the game keeps on bringing improvements and novelties, addressing each time a different fanbase with collaborations from different worlds.
The number of registered users is not always representative of the active community, as some may not play for months or at all, which does not benefit Epic. Registered users may also include multiple accounts from a single person, which skews the result.
While Epic hasn't officially shared the number of active Fortnite players, the developer does share the audience for its in-game events.
For example, the Marshmello event brought in 10.8 million active players in 2019, which was the all-time record until the Travis Scott concert in April 2020. That event then surpassed the record with 12.3 million concurrent players.
At the beginning of 2021, it is estimated that the curve has not really moved, on the contrary, Season 5 of Chapter 2 was a great success with the community, and Season 6 of Chapter 2 is also full of new features that players enjoy while not distorting the main aspect of the game.
The conflict between the two tech giants started when Epic tried to circumvent the rule allowing Apple to take a 30% commission on all in-game purchases in the App Store, and this conflict is already having a negative impact on Epic. The developer has been unable to update Fortnite on Apple devices, which includes iPhones, iPads and Macs that are locked into Chapter 2, Season 3, and there will be no updates until the conflict between Apple and Epic is resolved.
While there are still players on Apple devices, the majority of the community has left due to a lack of ability to play the latest season release. One of Epic's pieces of evidence in the current lawsuit suggests that 60% of the community has been lost on these devices, which is normally a third of the game's community across all platforms. So it could be a long time before Epic can once again break its record for the number of players on Fortnite.