Given how evasive Epic can be with figures, determining how many people play Fornite is difficult. However, bad news for the is Fortnite fading crowd: the numbers are likely to remain very high.
The 'how high' bit, on the other hand, is unclear because Epic only truly reveals data when it has anything to brag about. So, until an event or player count exceeds previous data, the publisher will remain silent. That doesn't mean things weren't good. Stats are frequently only given at peak times, such as concerts and season events, which are gigantic numbers, implying that unreleased figures can still be massive, just not as massive as before.
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So, while only the peaks are ever publicly acknowledged, the unmentioned highs are almost certainly still pretty high. There are also several ways to count things, with terms like registered players, concurrent players, and so on. The most recent official figure we have comes from the massive end-of-season gala in December 2020. So enormous, in fact, that even if Epic isn't sharing statistics because it hasn't been surpassed, we could still be looking at a total that most games can only dream of. It indicates that the more recent Ariana Grande Rift Tour, for which no statistics were disclosed, could have been massive, but not as massive as the December event.
Despite the lack of recent data, there is still a wealth of information available about how many people play Fortnite, trends, and more.
How many people play Fortnite?
The massive Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 Galactus event in December 2020 provides one of the most recent reads on an active player count, with 15.3 million players checking in at the same time to see the season end. That's a significant increase over the previously announced 12.3 million gamers who all checked in at the same time to witness the Travis Scott event in April 2020.
This is also a significant increase from the 10.8 million concurrent players who checked in for the in-game live Marshmello concert in February 2019. The numbers are continually increasing, and it doesn't appear that there will be a dearth of interest in the future.
The amount of registered gamers, on the other hand, is really intriguing. That is the total number of Fortnite accounts in existence. It does not, however, represent the active player because it counts every single account that exists, including people who signed up once and never played. While this isn't the best way to see how many people are playing Fortnite, it is a solid indicator of the game's success. Especially when that number rises - in March 2019, there were 250 million registered gamers, but by May 2020, that figure had risen to 350 million.
So, in just over a year, there has been a 100 million rise in registered accounts. That is hardly a figure to be embarrassed about.
One thing that is more difficult to determine is how Fortnite compares to other games. It's difficult to compare things directly because so many of these numbers are cherry-picked from extremely successful moments and are rarely updated. You can, however, make educated guesses. The largest number of Fortnite players active in a month was 78.3 million in August 2018.
In comparison, Apex Legends boasted '70 million players' in October 2019, while the original battle royale, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, peaked at 400 million players in June 2018, and 3.24 million concurrents in January 2018, but now has a peak monthly player count of around 886,255 for April 2020. Warzone, on the other hand, is expected to reach 50 million players by April 2020.
All signs point to Fortnite remaining the most popular battle royale game for the time being.