‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ has 10 million players a mere two damn weeks after launch
The makers of PUBG may have accused Fornite of being a shameless rip-off of their title. Not only that, but they’ve threatened various vague legal actions. Yet despite all of this tomfoolery, the title is bringing in an incredible amount of players. These two titles, they got themselves a slugfest on their hands.
We were initially skeptical of Epic’s attempt to repurpose its zombie tower defense-shooter Fortnite into a battle royale mode — after all, the genre’s champion PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sold ten million copies only six months after it launched. We shouldn’t have doubted it. Fortnite: Battle Royale just surpassed the ten-million-player milestone last weekend just two weeks after it launched.
Those aren’t exactly comparable metrics, since Fortnite: Battle Royale is free-to-play and PUBG retails for $30, meaning the latter has already amassed a ton of money while the latter spins up its microtransaction revenue streams. For an apples-to-apples comparison, though, Epic estimated that 3.7 million people played Fortnite: Battle Royale on Sunday, while PUBG has nearly 2 million daily players according to Steam Charts.
The new kid on the nascent ‘battle royale genre’ block is seriously challenging the reigning champ — but PUBG might not take the usurpation lying down. Its studio Bluehole loudly complained about the overt similarities between its game (released last March) and Epic’s new spin-off, and even vaguely threatened the latter in a statement when it said the company would “contemplate further action.”