Latest in Gaming

Image credit: Epic

‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ claims 10 million players

Just two weeks after it launched.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
10.11.17 in AV
767 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Epic

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."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
767 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
Girl Scouts can earn five STEM badges through Microsoft partnership

Girl Scouts can earn five STEM badges through Microsoft partnership

View
Phonocut will let you make your own vinyl records

Phonocut will let you make your own vinyl records

View
Google teams up with Yubico to build a USB-C Titan Security Key

Google teams up with Yubico to build a USB-C Titan Security Key

View
Razer's Blade 15 Advanced gets an optical mechanical keyboard

Razer's Blade 15 Advanced gets an optical mechanical keyboard

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr