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Fortnite's Free-To-Play Battle Royale Mode Hits 525k Concurrent Users

The tense competitive survival mode also reached 3.7 million daily active users.

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The full Fortnite package has brought in over 7 million players since entering early access, but all eyes are on the Battle Royale game mode that has emulated, and agitated the creators of, PUBG. Via Twitter, the Fornite devs shared that Battle Royale is having its own bit of success with 525,000 peak concurrent users and 3.7 million daily active users this past Sunday. This is a surely an exciting moment for Epic games and will be something to monitor as similar types of games continue to spring up.

Battle Royale started out as a surprise game mode for owners of the base Fortnite game before going free-to-play for everyone a few weeks after being revealed. 525k players is quite a milestone for the development team and the game is certainly fun to play but, if one was to compare it to the success of PUBG, one would have to remember PUBG is only available on PC right now. Fortnite is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, which is one of the biggest legs up over competition Epic has with Battle Royale as more of these types of games will definitely be released in the future.

On its own merits, Battle Royale brings an additional level of strategy to the game mode's formula by incorporating the construction gameplay of the base game. This presents players with unique ways to move around the map and even ways to defend one's self more efficiently by building walls of varying materials. With that, you're not going to just be looking for weapons to take on the other 99 players in the battle zone. You're going to have to find traps and building materials to give yourself a better chance of surviving. If you decide to attempt Duos or Squad gameplay, communication will be key and voice-chat is something the developers are working on.

The Battle Royale dev team recently revealed that they were having success banning thousands of cheaters in their game mode and that cheaters would be the "highest priority". This approach to cheating will have to be fluid and consistent in the coming months, especially with the community growing at a rapid pace.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is nearing 2 million concurrent players on Steam, which is no feat to take lightly, and PUBG Corp is running into issues of their own due to rapid growth. It's exciting to see both games have great success, but we can only hope for a smooth development process for both as they rocket toward the end of Early Access.

From The Chatty

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    October 10, 2017 10:25 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Fortnite's Free-To-Play Battle Royale Mode Hits 525k Concurrent Users

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      October 10, 2017 12:15 PM

      That number amazed me at first, but reading the article, OOOOOOH across PC PS4 and XBone. That makes sense.

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        October 10, 2017 12:16 PM

        That's right, I said I read the article. wannafideaboudid?

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      October 10, 2017 12:28 PM

      If anyone was curious, this game is awesome. It's basically PUBG: Arcade Edition with the fort building element providing a meaningful distinction from the game that inspired it.

      It runs better than PUBG, there's zero toxicity (bring your own voice chat), and it's completely free. I'll definitely toss them $5 or $10 when they get around to selling cosmetic stuff.

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        October 10, 2017 12:47 PM


        It runs better than PUBG

        Well, it also looks like a mobile game.

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          October 10, 2017 1:17 PM

          Reminds me of Battlefield Heroes

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          October 10, 2017 5:56 PM

          It really does look like shit :/

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            October 10, 2017 6:06 PM

            It's laughably bad. Looks like almost no effort was put in.

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          October 10, 2017 6:33 PM

          PUBG is fun, but it's no looker either!

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      October 10, 2017 2:44 PM

      Yeah this is gonna eat PUBG's lunch and the fucked up thing is that they're licensing the tech from Unreal so Bluehole's concern is that Unreal is going to know what PUBG is doing behind the scenes and roll shit out before PUBG has a chance to.

      You cannot compete with F2P even if your game is priced at $30. It's impossibru. IMPOSSSIBRU!

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        October 10, 2017 2:54 PM

        Even if PUBG disappeared overnight, the devs have made more money than God selling it up to this point. Pretty sure they'll be fine.

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        October 10, 2017 3:09 PM

        yeah everyone wants to play cartoon network

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          October 10, 2017 3:11 PM

          I know the graphics are very WoW-ish and that keeps people away but it's a pretty well made free clone and I'm putting a huge emphasis on the free part so that's why they've got 500k people playing it at once now. Hell, even I installed it cause a few buddies asked me to come play and it's fun and basically a cartoony version of PUBG with horribly overpowered shotguns.

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          October 10, 2017 3:37 PM

          Cartoon Network / Adult Swim has put out a BUNCH of popular games.

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        October 10, 2017 6:02 PM

        lol, no it won't

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          October 10, 2017 6:03 PM

          pubg is only on PC, and has nearly 4x the peak players. what does that tell you?

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            October 10, 2017 6:26 PM

            I will say, I'm getting fed up with the bugs and general server desync issues more and more every day. A really well polished clone of PUBG comes out and I'm switching. I'm sure a giant chunk of the current player base feels the same

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          October 10, 2017 6:03 PM

          They're a quarter of the way there already to pubg's concurrent numbers and it went F2P less than a month ago. I think they've got a pretty good shot at competing w/ PUBG.

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            October 10, 2017 6:04 PM

            I'm not saying they're going to be king of the hill or anything but that growith is pretty impressive for what essentially is just a reskinned clone w/ cartoony graphics.

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              October 10, 2017 6:05 PM

              because it's riding on PUBG's coattails. the game is nowhere near as fun or competitive. anyone that 'left' pubg for it will be back with the next major patch.

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      October 10, 2017 3:52 PM

      There any coop part of Fortnite? Been playing some L4D again with some friends but it's getting old (again).

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        October 10, 2017 3:52 PM

        Meant to add "coop part of Fortnite" that is available now.

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          October 10, 2017 5:05 PM

          If you want to spend money, yes. Otherwise it will be f2p sometime next year

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      October 10, 2017 4:02 PM

      I hate that a bunch of the big streamers have switched to this (Grimmmz and Anthony etc) - I far prefer the realistic look and feel of PUBG for this style of game and I think the jank actually adds an endearing quality to the game.

      Guess I'll have to watch Shroud and the Doc.

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        October 10, 2017 5:33 PM

        Yeah, I stopped watching Grimmmz because F:BR doesn't interest me in the slightest. It might be fun to play, but it's boring AF to watch.

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          October 10, 2017 5:34 PM

          I honestly wonder if Epic’s paying them to do it too.

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            October 10, 2017 5:40 PM

            That's fine, if they are. But the average nightly numbers I've seen have gone from 8-9k during PUBG to under 2k after he started playing Fortnite.

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              October 10, 2017 5:58 PM

              Grimmmz was over 20k at the peak with PUBG

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              October 10, 2017 6:21 PM

              I do think they should be required to state if they're being paid to play/endorse the game too.

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            October 10, 2017 5:55 PM

            They are I think, I've heard rumors of $250-500 an hour.

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            October 11, 2017 10:26 AM

            If you are being paid to play a game on twitch, that must be disclosed in the name of the stream. Grimmz and Ninja etc. are not being payed to play Fortnite.

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              October 11, 2017 1:23 PM

              Interesting - that’s an actual Twitch rule?

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      October 10, 2017 5:38 PM

      Just a fad

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        October 10, 2017 6:27 PM

        Woooooooooooooooooo

        Pull over this is the lol police

        Woooooooooooooooooo

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          October 10, 2017 6:30 PM

          Sir, do you know why I pulled you over?

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            October 10, 2017 6:37 PM

            Cause I'm young and I'm crank and my meme's really dank. Do I look like a mind reader sir I don't know.