What is the Fortnite player count & is it still popular in 2023?

What is the Fortnite player count & is it still popular in 2023?
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


7th Nov 2023 14:00


Fortnite was first released in 2017, and despite its success, many will be wondering if is still popular and what the player count is. Back then, the Battle Royale genre was still in its infancy - no one could really predict just how big Fortnite could become.

The game is now huge, with crossovers and events like we have never before seen in games. There aren't many places you can watch John Wick face off against Superman and Ariana Grande, but Fortnite has made that happen. 

The ridiculously popular battle royale game has also hosted live events, film trailers, and more - but is it still as popular today? We'll dive into how many active players the game still brings in, as well as take a look at if the game is still growing, or if it is in decline.

What is the Fortnite daily player count in 2023?

the Fortnite player count according to Epic Games when the record was broken
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According to PlayerCounter, there are just over 3 million players on Fortnite at the time of writing, though this doesn't take all platforms into account.

This obviously goes up and down depending on the time of day - with it often ranging between 2 and 8 million concurrent players.

Since the start of 2023, there has been a daily average of 15 million different players, and every month sees between 230 and 270 million unique players hopping online.

In November 2023, the game broke its concurrent peak player count record according to the official Epic Games player counter, reaching over 5 million players. This is largely attributed to the launch of Chapter 4 Season 5 and the return of the OG map.

What is the Fortnite monthly player count in 2023?

the monthly player count for Fortnite according to ActivePlayer.io
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According to ActivePlayer, Fortnite saw a peak player count of 231,081,822 so far for the month of November 2023. This is a 3% rise from October, with seven million more players jumping onto the game for the latest season.

Since Fortnite's release in 2017, there's been a steady increase in popularity. There's been the occasional dip - like the mass exodus of pro players in Chapter 2 - but for the most part, it has consistently stayed up there as one of the most popular games in the world, and of all time.

Looking at the bigger Fortnite picture, the original player base peak was 78.3 million in August 2018. As well as being the school holidays, it's thought this milestone was thanks to Fortnite's addition to the Nintendo Switch.

This was then eclipsed by Travis Scott's 12.3 million concurrent players, and then, the Galactus live event that pulled a record-breaking 15.3 million.

Is Fortnite still popular in 2023?

Optimus Prime in Fortnite
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To put it simply, Fortnite is still incredibly popular in 2023, and possibly the most popular game in the world still.

In May 2020, Epic posted on Twitter and confirmed Fortnite had a massive 350 million registered accounts. Although it's an eye-watering number that would account for around 4% of the world's population, it's important to remember that registered accounts don't mean active players. Added to this, some players might have multiple Fortnite accounts.

Epic emphasised these figures in its legal battle with Apple, as the two sides went to war over Apple's cut of in-game purchases.

During the Apple vs Epic case, the latter claimed its iOS player base is made up of 116 million players out of a total 350 million. The court documents also revealed that there were 25 million daily average users (DAU), with 2.5 million of these being from iOS.

Even if you completely remove the iOS demographic, there would be at least 22.5 million DAU trying to score Victory Royale on a daily basis. We should also take into account those who would've played on iOS but have now moved to a different platform.

That's all you need to know about how relevant Fortnite still is and the current player count in 2023.

Check out our Fortnite homepage for more guides. Before you leave, make sure to check out the rarest skins you can currently find in Fortnite.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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