Fortnite Battle Royale Reaches 40 Million Players Ahead of Map Update

Fortnite Battle Royale has just wrapped up its first 100 days and has reached a big milestone ahead of its next big update.


There are almost daily reminders of just how big the Battle Royale craze has gotten in video games. The latest one comes from Shacknews Best Early Access Game of 2017 Fortnite and Epic Games. On Monday, Epic announced that Fortnite Battle Royale has reached yet another milestone, prior to its next update that's set to deploy later this week.

According to PCGamesN, Fortnite Battle Royale has reached 40 million players, with 2 million concurrents. This number comes at the 100 day mark since Fortnite Battle Royale first debuted.

Epic Games isn't about to slow down anytime soon. A new update is set to hit Fortnite Battle Royale later in the week. It involves making what's old new again, revamping the Battle Royale map. New areas and points-of-interest are being added. The map will also receive a visual upgrade, which will help distinguish between the island's various environments.

For more on the Fortnite Battle Royale map update, check out the video below.

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    January 15, 2018 10:10 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Fortnite Battle Royale Reaches 40 Million Players Ahead of Map Update

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      January 15, 2018 10:25 AM

      From the jaws of defeat! This dev needs to be paying BlueHole for coming up with game mode that saved Fortnite from utter financial ruin.

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        January 15, 2018 10:28 AM

        Lol no, it was relatively popular even before this mode

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          January 15, 2018 10:34 AM

          Ya, they didn’t need to add the pubg mode, fortnite was doing fine without it.

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          January 15, 2018 10:53 AM


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            January 15, 2018 10:57 AM

            There were 10's of people playing it!!

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              January 15, 2018 11:00 AM

              You guys realize that simply by being a console game it probably had more concurrent users than most top PC games right?

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                January 15, 2018 11:01 AM

                Oh I don't know a damn thing, I just wanted to make that joke. Carry on.

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                  January 15, 2018 11:02 AM

                  Ah. K.

                  I mean it is a little depressing for PC players. We get super excited about games reaching a level that would be "mildly popular" on the console install base.

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                    January 15, 2018 11:04 AM

                    I hear you. As someone who walks between both worlds (and occasionally double dips) it is indeed very contrasting.

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                      January 15, 2018 11:06 AM

                      It affects me a bit as someone with somewhat offbeat tastes. I have trouble finding populated servers in things like Battlefield 1 gamemodes that are not Conquest because the PC playerbase is small enough that simply scaling the popularity of those modes means we will have like 2 servers that play it on the planet.

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                  January 15, 2018 11:59 AM

                  ditto with the apology and not knowing a damn thing lol

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            January 15, 2018 12:26 PM

            One million sales before Battle Royale. Fairly respectable for a game still in development.

            But yes, ever since the mode released, sales jumped to 10 millions.

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        January 15, 2018 10:30 AM


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        January 15, 2018 10:41 AM

        blizzard & riot should be paying icefrog or whoever made dota. and every FPS game in the world should be paying id software and sending checks to john romero/john carmack, etc. oh wait thats not how this works

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          January 15, 2018 10:50 AM

          But all those games would be nothing without TDM!


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            January 15, 2018 11:25 AM

            every game ever made must pay $5 to the creator of pong

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        January 15, 2018 10:42 AM

        You mean Fortnite game developer Epic Games, who built & sold the Unreal game engine to BlueHole & others? I'm sure they were right on the cusp of financial ruin.

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        January 15, 2018 10:49 AM

        That is like saying WW2 games all owed Medal of Honor or zombie games all owed ... Left 4 Dead? Or all those MMOs owed WoW...or maybe Ultima Online, ha.

        Whatever the key games in those fads were.

        Copycats are everywhere gaming. When someone grabs onto a hot trend, it is hardly worth even noting. It is a trend, not a patented innovation.

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      January 15, 2018 10:28 AM


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      January 15, 2018 10:31 AM

      I play this every single day, I love it.

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        January 15, 2018 11:31 AM

        I wish they brought back the 50v50. I really enjoyed that game mode.

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          January 15, 2018 12:17 PM

          I like the concept, but I thought it lacked tension once the first few gunfights played out. It just turned into a zergfest after that.

          I think if they built a (somewhat smaller) map designed specifically for 50v50 it could be really fun.

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      January 15, 2018 12:08 PM

      My son and all of his high school friends are into this game in a way I have never seen them get into something before. He said it is super popular in high school circles.

      I hate watching him play it as it is such a blatant PUBG ripoff that it really bugs me. Even worse, my son refuses to try actual PUBG even though I have it installed on his PC. I have failed as a parent.

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        January 15, 2018 12:21 PM

        -visually more appealing than PUBG
        -less janky than PUBG
        -runs better than PUBG on similar systems
        -has building mechanics unlike PUBG

        if i was a kid, i'd play it over PUBG as well ;P

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          January 15, 2018 12:26 PM

          The compressed skill banding ala CoD helps too. Getting wrecked by a better shooter suuuuuuucks in the mid/late game.

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          January 15, 2018 12:27 PM

          Isn't it F2P as well? Much easier to get kids to play free games than paid ones.

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        January 15, 2018 1:52 PM

        Seems like it has a few things that differentiate it.

        - building
        - smaller play area, faster games
        - polish
        - it's free
        - it's available on PS4

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      January 15, 2018 12:30 PM

      They deserve some kudos for making such a radical departure from their original game plan and getting it out the door so quickly. I wonder if they'll just abandon their original plans at this point.

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      January 15, 2018 12:42 PM

      I just tried this out on PC. I've said before that I'm not a huge proponent of MP games but this seems fun and at least it's free. I somehow managed to place second in my first game though that was blind luck I'm sure. Just dashed from bush to bush until the end when the last remaining guy one-shotted me. Took out 2 other guys on my way there.

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      January 15, 2018 1:34 PM

      Going by what I see on Twitch, the game should be called Walls & Ramps

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      January 15, 2018 6:39 PM

      If I'm a poor who is interested in pubg but won't be able to afford it for a while, would this scratch the itch for me?

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