Epic’s competitive behemoth in Fortnite: Battle Royale, is taking the industry by storm, and it has some of gaming’s juggernauts firmly in its sights.
The launch of the mobile version of Battle Royale has ignited fresh interest in a game that was already rising up the ranks, and its latest achievement has firmly established the battle royale spectacular as one of gaming’s most lucrative and popular IPs.
Interactive media intelligence company, SuperData, has revealed some startling statistics about the game’s popularity.
Such is the intense popularity of Fortnite Battle Royale, the game has now surpassed Grand Theft Auto V in monthly active users.
That’s quite the achievement seeing as few games have been able to do that before, and GTA V continues to stay atop both the active user and sales ranks the world over.
The impressive thing about this is that GTA V is close to surpassing the 100 million copies sold mark. It’s been on the market for more than four years, and continues to be among the most played multiplayer games in the world.
While GTA Online certainly had its fair share of troubles upon launch, the game recovered better than most other games with similarly broken launches have, and considering the number of copies of the game sold, one could assume the active player base peaks in the tens of millions.
Fortnite has been within reach of GTA V for a while now, despite having been on the market for less than a year. While Superdata doesn’t exactly explain how it managed to achieve the feat — or by how much — that it mentions it at all suggests the game is going far beyond any expectations set by analysts across the world.
“Fortnite continues its upward trajectory,” Superdata said. “Epic’s Battle Royale title showed no signs of losing steam. Fortnite earned more additional content revenue on console than any game other than Call of Duty: WWII and now has more monthly active users than Grand Theft Auto V.”
That’s right: its outselling on a content revenue front the likes of … well, any EA game, any Activision game, and pretty much any other game that flaunts excessive microtransactions in our faces.
How long will this popularity last? And what are your thoughts on Fortnite: Battle Royale? Sound off in the comments below!