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What Is The Fortnite Player Count in 2021

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Tom Chapman

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30th Jul 2021 16:35

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The Fortnite player count means the party is still going strong in Fortnite, as Epic Games' battle royale favourite continues to keep us captivated. Although Fortnite has evolved from its original premise in 2017, the beast that is the game's Battle Royale mode is where we spend most of our time... as evidenced by the Fortnite player count in 2021.

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Despite accusations Fortnite is a "dead game", there are still a lot of us that jump off the Battle Bus on a regular basis and pickaxe our way up the Battle Pass with each season. Epic has become a master at keeping things fresh, with each season offering new weapons, new skins, and a new theme to lure potential deserters back. But, just how many people play Fortnite in 2021 and what's the current Fortnite player count?

What is the Fortnite player count in 2021?

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 with the Marvel-themed Chapter 2 Season 4 being heralded as a return of form, many think Fortnite is back to its best. As players look ahead at Fortnite Season 8, there's no need to worry you'll be left alone on the battlefield because everyone else has abandoned the game.

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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 recent 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?

According to PlayerCounter, there are currently 4.8 million players on Fortnite right now. This obviously goes up and down depending on the time of day - with the largest slice of the game's audience living in American time zones. On average, the Fortnite 2021 player count is anywhere between 6 and 12 million - with live events pushing it even higher.

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Has the Fortnite player count been affected in 2021?

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In May 2020, Epic posted on Twitter and confirmed Fortnite has 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 registered accounts doesn't mean active players.

Added to this, some players might have multiple Fortnite accounts. Still, we spent a whopping 3.3 billion hours inside Fortnite during April 2020. 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.

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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 are 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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Is Fortnite a dead game?

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The 2021 Fortnite player count is a hard one to pin down thanks to Epic's notoriously cagey stats. It will be interesting to see whether the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Fortnite player count, but with more of us locked up in our homes, it's likely Fortnite has enjoyed an uptick in its player count in 2020 and early 2021.

For those who argue Fortnite has never been as big as it claims, there was a 7.6 million player peak for a non-event on February 16th, 2019. Considering most games on Steam struggle to break past a million players a day, it's clear to see Fortnite isn't a game to be underestimated.

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With Fortnite heading toward a presumed Chapter 2 Season 10 and a possible reset for Chapter 3, Epic is sure to pull in big numbers as players scramble to see how the current arc comes to an end. Either way, rest assured that the Fortnite player count in 2021 proves it's anything but a dead game.

 

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Coleman Hamstead

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15th Sep 2021 17:47

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