The year 2023 proved to be a historic turning point for Epic Games and its flagship title, Fortnite, as the battle royale game transformed into a growing 'metaverse', experiencing unprecedented growth throughout the year.
A remarkable increase in the number of players during the last months of 2023 has pushed Fortnite to surpass the combined player base of the giants Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Roblox. Ampere Analysis' Louise Wooldridge noted a significant increase in monthly players, marking a staggering 146% month-on-month growth from October to November, culminating in an additional 9% growth in December.
Epic Games takes the lead
Fortnite's meteoric rise has secured Epic Games the number one spot in publisher market share by monthly active users, and established the game as the most popular in the history of the gaming industry.
With a total of 1.6 billion hours played, Fortnite managed to surpass the monthly active users of Call of Duty, EA Sports FC 24, Grand Theft Auto V/Online and Roblox combined. It is important to note that these statistics only include the PlayStation and Xbox platforms.
The key to Fortnite's enduring popularity lies in its ability to reinvent itself and expand its universe. The launch of Fortnite OG, along with the introduction of three different games developed within the Fortnite framework, greatly expanded the game's potential reach.
These strategic moves have retained the existing players, and thus attracted a new audience.
Epic Games Resilience
Fortnite's ability to consistently bring its game to life has been a real hit, and Epic has started a trend among other publishers.
Every time the game seems to lose some of its luster, the developers manage to rejuvenate it, coming back stronger and more enthralling than before. This unique quality has been the driving force behind Fortnite's initial success, leaving players curious about what Epic Games has in store for next year.
With its track record of innovation and adaptability, Epic Games is expected to introduce new features, events and expansions in 2024 that will keep Fortnite at the forefront of the gaming world. It must be admitted that the game has been around for a long time and has been popular for a long time, but it is only now experiencing its peak, and Epic is always pushing the boundaries.