Right now, saying “Fortnite is popular” is on about the same level as saying “water is wet;” even those with no more than a passing connection to video games know that Fortnite is a big deal. The game has been at the top of Twitch and YouTube for months now, and hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down. What most might not be aware of is exactly how much money Fortnite’s popularity translates into. Put bluntly, it’s a ton of money; just over two metric tons for those who want to get technical.
Fortnite generated around $223 million in revenue for March. It was impressive when the game’s mobile port hit about $1.8 million in daily revenue, but this works out to an even grander $7.19 million per day when all platforms are taken into account. It’s a staggering amount of growth which, according to SuperData, can be partially attributed to the game’s new Battle Pass, John Wick skin, and what amounts to an endorsement from Drake.
No matter how one looks at it, $223 million in gross revenue for a single month is incredibly impressive. However, this doesn’t mean Fortnite topped all the charts for March. Epic’s battle royale game did rule the roost in the console space, but it still placed fifth on the PC chart for highest grossing games, having been beaten by the likes of League of Legends and Dungeon Fighter Online.
Fortnite didn’t even break into the top ten; Pokemon GO, Clash of Clans, and even Candy Crush Saga all beat it by a comfortable margin. Fortnite mobile is still very new on the scene though, and with a new, possibly superhero-themed season on the horizon it could just be a matter of time until it earns a spot in the top ten.
Fortnite has become the household game of 2018. Just about everyone knows about it, and many if not most have played it. The only platform to remain free of Fortnite’s influence is the Switch, but that might only last for a time. Rumors are now circulating that a Switch port of Fortnite is in the works. If that turns out to be true, then Fortnite might very well be on its way to total cross-platform dominance. It’s good to see Epic’s hard work rewarded so handsomely, but one can’t help but wonder if the games industry can learn the right lessons from it.
Fortnite is free to play now on iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.