×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Fortnite’ Now Largest Free-to-Play Console Game of All Time

Epic Games’ massive free-to-play survival Battle Royale game “Fortnite” has overthrown “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” in terms of overall monthly players and revenue generated, market research company SuperData announced Thursday. It also hit the top spot by revenue on iOS in the United States in its launch month, and has the highest conversion rate of any free-to-play PC game in March.

In March alone, “Fortnite” players around the world spent $223 million across all platforms, up a whopping 73% from February. Drake, a new season of the Battle Pass, and a John Wick skin all contributed to the massive growth.

Canadian rapper Drake streamed the game along with popular “Fortnite” player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to 628,000 concurrent viewers back in March. At the time, it set a record for most concurrents for a single channel, though Blevins has since broken that record, streaming the game from an event last week to 667,000 people.

“Fortnite’s” success is relatively unparalleled, except by “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” – which had sold more than 30 million copies on PC as of February. By all intents and purposes, “Fornite’s” colossal rise in popularity wasn’t expected. When the game launched in July 2015, after six years of development, it was met with middling reviews and sales. However, after the success of “Battlegrounds” and the battle royale genre, and “Fortnite’s” own take on it, the game’s taken over the pop-culture lexicon. In November 2017, two months after adding the mode, “Fortnite” had more than 20 million players.

Other success stories out of the report include 2015’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops III,” which continues to hold an impressive audience despite being two iterations behind this year’s “Call of Duty: WWII”; “Far Cry 5,” which had a digital launch that was up nearly 500% compared to 2016’s “Far Cry Primal”; and “Candy Crush,” which had its must successful month since 2014.

More Gaming

  • 'Red Dead' Gold Turns Massive Western

    'Red Dead' Gold Turns Massive Western Video Game Romp Into Dull Online Grindfest

    “Red Dead Online,” the online multiplayer game developed in parallel with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” is being criticized for its digital economy, which is paying out gold at such a slow rate that it would take over 4,000 hours for a player to earn enough to purchase all items in-game. In a post on Reddit, [...]

  • Riot Games Exec Suspended After Investigation

    Riot Games Exec Suspended After Investigation Into Workplace Misconduct

    Riot Games chief operating officer Scott Gelb is on two-month unpaid leave and will receive training following an investigation into his behavior toward employees, according to Kotaku. Riot Games confirmed Gelb’s suspension to Variety Thursday evening. “As part of our ongoing commitment to evolving our culture, we are thoroughly investigating all claims through our established process,” [...]

  • ELeague Partners With Psyonix For Three-Part

    ELeague Partners With Psyonix for Three-Part 'Rocket League' Series

    Turner-IMG’s ELeague is partnering with “Rocket League” developer Psyonix to showcase highlights from arcade-style vehicular soccer game in a three-part TBS series. The series will kick off on Friday, Dec. 14 at 11 pm ET/PT on TBS, and will include a set of behind-the-scenes player interviews, highlights from the semifinal and Grand Final rounds of [...]

  • Imax Is Exiting the VR Space,

    Imax Is Shutting Down Its VR Business, Closing Remaining Three VR Centers in Q1

    Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing Thursday that it will close down its remaining three VR centers, and write off “certain VR content investments.” A company spokesperson confirmed the planned closures and shared the following statement with Variety: “With the launch of the [...]

  • Fortnite Battle Royale

    Esports Fans on Twitch Aren’t Into Watching Television, Says Nielsen Study

    Less than 40% of the Twitch eSports viewership claim to watch television on a weekly basis and only 50% own a paid TV subscription service, according to a new study by data research firm Nielsen. The firm announced its study into the behavior of eSports fans this Thursday, focusing on users who have viewed streams [...]

  • Creators of Popular 'Minecraft' Server Announce

    Creators of Popular 'Minecraft' Server Announce New Game 'Hytale'

    Hypixel Studios is creating a new game called “Hytale” with some help from “League of Legends” developer Riot Games, it announced in a blog post on Thursday. “Hytale” is a sandbox RPG with procedurally generated environments and a “Minecraft”-inspired art style. It also boasts a number of interesting features like community servers, minigames, modding tools, [...]

  • 'Atlas,' Next Game From Creators of

    'Atlas,' Next Game From Creators of 'Ark,' Delayed a Week

    A bit of disappointment for fans of “Ark: Survival Evolved,” pirates, and games created by Studio Wildcard. “Atlas,” the pirate-themed, do-anything game set for an early release on Dec. 13 won’t be arriving now until Dec. 19. The news was announced in a press release, but mostly noticed by inpatient would be fans who spotted [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content