Update, June 13: Fortnite developer Epic Games has updated us on the battle royale’s total player count.
Epic Games announced in a Fortnite blog post that “in less than a year, Fortnite has grown to 125 million players.” This is the total player count across all platforms, and has likely received a substantial boon from the game’s release on mobile.
On June 5, 2018 an earnings call from publishing giant Tencent also gave us an update on Fortnite’s monthly active user base, saying there were over 40 million players logging into play every month.
Fortnite's by far the biggest, but is it the best battle royale?
Just to clarify, that information (which comes from Marketwatch) confirms that more than 40 million people are logging in to play Fortnite every single month. To put that into some perspective, that's about half of what League of Legends was reaching around its peak, and more than Grand Theft Auto V. It's also quite a lot more than Fortnite's closest competitor seems to be managing, as PUBG's player count has halved since January.
Anyway, as you scrabble for a Victory Royale alongside millions of players, it might be worth checking out the Fortnite week 6 challenges - well, it will if you want help collecting those battle stars. This week, you're vandalising posters, opening chests in loot lakes, and racing for supply drops.