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Fortnite: Battle Royale Hits 10 Million Players Since Launch

Fortnite: Battle Royale Hits 10 Million Players Since Launch

On the other hand, Epic's Fortnite is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Epic Games just announced that the free Battle Royale mode of its survival shooter Fortnite has amassed over 10 million players. 10 million players turn up in two weeks since the mode launched.

The infographic shares how there has been a total of 44,494,571 hours played in Fortnite Battle Royale which is the equivalent of 1,483 college degrees that could have been earned in that same time.

And the battle for the best battle royale game has heated up. The game also peaked at 525,000 concurrent players on Monday, with 3.7m active users on that day alone. Epic Games claims they had to reverse-engineer and modify Fortnite's source code to do this, creating an unauthorized derivative work that's in violation of the Copyright Act. And in just a month, Bluehole's battle royale game has surpassed two million players online at the same time.




"Fortnite: Battle Royale" has its share of controversy in the gaming community though.

It seems the battle royal genre is here to stay, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite both seemingly coexisting with massive player numbers.

While PUBG was the originator of the battle-royale craze, Epic Games saw the opportunity to benefit from the hype and released the mode both as a free-to-play - in retrospect, it was quite possibly the best thing the studio could've done. Chang Han Kim, the vice president and executive producer of Bluehole, stated that they have had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games through the development of PUBG as they are the ones who made UE4, the engine they licensed for the game. The press release also noted that the developers of PUBG have no association to the development of "Fortnite". Epic's move toward legal action wasn't without warning, however.


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