September 20, 2018 Fortnite developer Epic Games has updated us on the battle royale’s total player count.
If you thought – or hoped – Fortnite was slowing down, think again. It remains one of the biggest games in the world, and the latest numbers from Epic suggest it’s going to keep it up for the foreseeable future. Fortnite had 78.3 million players in the month of August alone.
Total downloads of the game have officially topped 125 million since the battle royale’s release in 2017, with previous reports of 40 million logging in to play every single month. The new jump in players is likely coming in part thanks to Fortnite’s release on Android.
As Epic details in its latest dev blog, August was Fortnite’s biggest month yet, with nearly 80 million players logging in during that 31-day time frame.
The Andoid version launched on August 9 as one of the last modern systems to get access to the game. Epic’s release of the game on Android garnered some controversy, but fortunately for them, it seems that that has paid off.
That’s because Epic decided to release Fortnite for Android without using the Google Play store. Doing so meant the company didn’t have a centralised storefront to use, but also meant that Epic didn’t have to hand over a 30% cut of all of their profits.
Epic penned an explanation of the technical challenges of the Android port in a recent blog post (via Ars Technica). According to that post, “in the first 21 days since Fortnite’s launch on Android, interest has been extremely high, with over 23 million players entering our Android beta and over 15 million players installing our APK.” Some simple math means that those figures push the 125 million figure revealed at E3 to 140 million and counting.
We’re approaching the Fortnite season 6 release date, so all eyes are on Epic as they attempt to continue building on that incredible momentum. Hey, you’ve only got to maintain one of the most popular games in the world – no pressure.