How big is 'Fortnite'? With nearly 250 million players, it's over two-thirds the size of the US population

  • "Fortnite" is stronger than ever, with nearly 250 million players.
  • That's double what Epic Games revealed in June 2018, when just 125 million players were registered.
  • It looks like the competition over Battle Royale isn't slowing down.

The biggest game in the world — "Fortnite" — is showing no signs of slowing down. 

That's clear from the latest statistic to come out of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games: More than 250 million players have registered accounts, Epic Games revealed on Wednesday.

Between June 2018 and March 2019, 125 million new players registered, putting the total at nearly 250 million.

That's a pretty remarkable number. It puts "Fortnite" registered player numbers in the same realm as the most popular games of all time — games like "Tetris" and "Minecraft" and "Grand Theft Auto 5." 

Fortnite High Stakes
"Fortnite:Battle Royale"/Epic Games

That said, there's a big difference between "Fortnite" and those games: "Fortnite" is free, and available on pretty much anything that will play video games. It also doesn't hurt that the focus of "Fortnite" is an online-only multiplayer mode named "Battle Royale" that's endlessly re-playable.

It's that mix of attributes that's helped "Fortnite" become the most popular game in the world since the Battle Royale mode launched in September 2017.

It's been just around 1.5 years since "Fortnite" began its climb to the top, and already its victory dances have bled into professional sports.

It feels like years since Drake joined up with Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to stream the game on Twitch, thus boosting its visibility even more — but that was just one year ago!

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Ninja and Drake played "Fortnite: Battle Royale" together on PlayStation 4, over the internet, and streamed it on Twitch. It broke Twitch streaming records by hundreds of thousands of viewers.
Youtube / Ninja

And now, less than two years after Battle Royale hit "Fortnite," more people are playing it monthly than there are people living in Drake's home country.

Way to make Canada look underpopulated, "Fortnite."

But if we're talking about registered players? At over 250 million, "Fortnite" has a player base that's over two-thirds the size of the entire US population. Not too shabby.

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