It would be nearly impossible to overstate how popular Fortnite has been over the past few months. Everywhere you turn people are playing the game, talking about the game, or reporting on this game breaking records.
In less than 24 hours after it was released, Fortnite Battle Royale was #1 on the iOS charts in 47 countries. The iOS version of Fortnite brought in $1.5 million in worldwide in four days with $1 million in in-app purchases. Twitch streamer Ninja is reportedly making $500,000 a month playing Fortnite online. That’s over $16,000 A DAY that he’s making for streaming Fortnite on Twitch…Let that sink in.
Back on March 15th, Ninja broke the record for most concurrent viewers on a gaming live stream when he pulled in 635,000 concurrent viewers while playing Fortnite Battle Royal with Drake and Travis Scott. That record was shortlived, however, because on Sunday over 1.1 MILLION concurrents (42 million total live views) were on YouTube to watch Spanish YouTuber elRubiusOMG + 99 other gamers compete in a Fortnite Battle Royale tournament.
That’s 1.1 million people sitting on YouTube at the same time, watching a Fortnite Battle Royale, and taken over the course of the entire tournament it tallied 42 million live views….Un-funking-real:
According to Fox News, the record for the most Fortnite players online at the same time is 3.4 million users and this has put a ton of stress on Epic Games’ servers but they’ve mostly managed to keep up. Presumably, they’ve got the cash to keep the servers pumping with this many gamers playing at the same time.
Methinks we’re only going to continue to see records get broken as the popularity of Fortnite Battle Royale continues to grow. There’s something different about this game that leaves you with the sense that it’s not a fad, and that it has staying power like Halo did over a decade ago and Quake before that.