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If you thought Fortnite's popularity would level out anytime soon, you'd be wrong. According to the latest figures, the game's total number of players and concurrent player record have both risen sharply in 2018.
For starters, the number of Fortnite players has skyrocketed since June, growing by a wopping 60 percent over the past five months. Largely due to the fact that the game has now launched in Korea, Fortnite's June total of 125 million registered players has now grown to a whopping 200 million players. Even more impressive is the fact that Epic has reported an 8.3 million concurrent player count this fall, up from 4.3 million concurrent players back in February. That's important because it shows that people aren't just registering for Fortnite, trying it out and then moving on to something new. They're sticking around and playing the hell out of the game.
This is, of course, primarily due to Fortnite's Battle Royale mode. The base game is nice and all, but Fortnite's explosion in popularity only took place when the 100-player free-for-all was added into the mix. The Battle Royale mode only launched about a year ago, so those impressive stats listed above have been accomplished in a relatively short period of time.
Fortnite is one of the few games that has transcended its medium, becoming a household name across the globe. Kids and adults alike play the game, YouTube and Twitch have seen oodles of traffic because of streamers, toys are hitting the market and there were Halloween costumes available just last month. Ellen has made popular streamer Ninja a frequent part of her show because of Fortnite and it seems like you can't go a day without seeing a rapper, professional athlete or random kid on the street doing one of the dances made popular by the game.
While Fortnite first gained popularity because of how unique its Battle Royale mode is (only a handful of games do it well), it's risen to the top of the pile largely due to the support Epic has poured into the game. The map is constantly changing and being updated with clever Easter eggs, activities and more. Weekly updates introduce new content, rewards, cosmetics and game modes, while regular patches address any bugs or other issues at a breakneck pace. It also doesn't hurt that the game is available on just about every platform known to man. So, Epic keeps giving players reason to come back for more and, based on these latest figures, that effort is paying off.