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Fortnite Battle Royale reaches 20 million players

Published: 20:23, 06 November 2017
Poster for the game Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite's Twitter account shared the happy news that the game had reached 20 million players. Fortnite Battle Royale was released in September 2017. The game celebrated 10 million players in October.

They added: "20 Million Players! We just passed 20 million players across all of Fortnite since launch! Thanks to everyone who keeps making the community and the game awesome!". This means that a total of 20 million people have downloaded and booted the game up since it became available in September.

To put things into perspective, less than a month ago Fortnite had passed 10 million players since the standalone Battle Royale mode launched. A couple of days before hitting the 10 million mark, the game celebrated a peak number of 500,000 concurrent users .

Some server trouble was recently caused by the sheer number of people trying to get into the game's lobby. The servers buckled under the pressure of 811K concurrent players on Sunday, 29 October, 2017.

Epic Games Armed woman fighting an armed man on top of large metal container Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is, of course, free to play and doesn't make any money for Epic games, but the game does have a paid defensive shooter mode, which is hitching a ride on the popularity train. Shoot shoot.

Fortnite  is available for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and features cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 and PC versions. 

The battle royale genre that cropped up with the likes of  H1Z1: King of the Kill in 2016 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in early 2017 is showing no signs of stopping. Both games were in part overseen by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, whom we all know as the creative director at the PUBG Corporation. PUBG will be available on Xbox One on 12 December.

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