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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Tom Chapman


10th May 2023 11:48

Join us as we answer the question 'is Fortnite still popular in 2023?' and what is the Fortnite player count in 2023?

Fortnite is a massively successful battle royale game that has helped trend-set the entire genre since its initial launch in 2017. The game has made billions of dollars for Epic Games and continues to release battle pass events each season.

If you're looking to play Fortnite, but want to make sure it's still popular first, or if you're simply curious, join us as we investigate the Fortnite player count in 2023.

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 What is the Fortnite player count in 2023?

According to PlayerCounter, there are currently 3 million players on Fortnite right now. This obviously goes up and down depending on the time of day - with it often ranging between the 2 and 8 million mark. Since the start of the year, there has been an average of 24 million different players, and every month sees between 260 and 270 million unique players hopping online.

Furthermore, according to ActivePlayer, Fortnite saw a player count of 234,546,282 for the month of April 2023. With an additional 39,080,803 hours on Twitch watched for the same month.

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 concurrent 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. These massive in-game events are a great way to pull in the big numbers, but are they a reliable business model?

While Epic does not make the Fortnite player count available to public view, IGN stated back in 2021 that the game had over 400 million registered users. This has likely grown ever further since, likely reaching beyond 500 million in 2023, but we will not know for certain until Epic themselves decide to release further information.

Is Fortnite still popular in 2023?

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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 bloody 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 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 that would've played on iOS but have now moved to a different platform. 

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