In a recent blog post detailing the format for the upcoming Fall Skirmish competition, Epic casually dropped its August Fortnite player numbers as if they were a minor footnote. With Fortnite Season 6 and the one-year anniversary of Battle Royale coming up next week, Fortnite just had its biggest month yet.
“August was Fortnite’s biggest month yet, with 78.3 million of you showing up to play.”
That’s 78.3 million unique accounts on six platforms. It’s worth noting that the new Nintendo Switch and Android audiences are likely major contributors to that number, but it’s an impressive statistic no matter which way you slice it. Even if you divide that number by how many platforms Fortnite is playable on, that’s over 10 million players per platform, something most developers can hardly fathom.
What’s not clear is whether those numbers factor in Fortnite’s slowly growing Chinese audience, where it’s being rolled out in waves via Tencent’s WeGame platform. We also don’t know what qualifies a player beyond owning an account. Chances are plenty of those 78.3 million accounts aren’t active, or only played a few games before giving up, but there are so many teens in the world. All over the place. Can’t escape them.
I’ve reached out to an Epic rep for more details on the big month and will update if I hear back.
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