Fortnite reached another milestone over the weekend, crossing 3.4 million concurrent players. For those keeping track of the battle of battle royales, that total just squeaks by PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds' (PUBG) concurrent player record of 3.2 million on Steam (via PCGamer).
The surge in players didn't come without its issues, however. Epic revealed the milestone in a rather lengthy post detailing the issues its servers hit under the massive load over the weekend, as well as some of the steps the team is taking to shore up server availability going forward. The whole thing is a pretty technical deep dive, but Epic sums things up by stating that it is actively taking a serious look at each incident to identify the root cause and come up with a solution.
PUBG has so far been the poster boy of the quickly growing Battle Royale genre, and its popularity has surged over the past year. Fortnite, however, is clearly gaining in mindshare with its own free-to-play Battle Royale mode, having surged from 60 thousand concurrent players to 3.4 million in a matter of months. Epic doesn't specify platforms, but the latest number presumably cover PC and consoles combined. It's worth noting that, while Fortnite's 3.4 million tops PUBG's previous record of 3.2 million, the PUBG figure didn't take into account players on Xbox One, a platform where the game had already garnered a total of 3 million players as of the last count.
Are you enjoying Fortnite? Let us know in the comments where you stand on the Battle Royale genre's rise.
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Wow, these numbers are amazing.
Heh, that article title honestly made me think the company had really vexed that number of customers at once. I thought it was going to be Starwars Battlefront all over again. :-)
Cool game but.....PUBG Is the Game..for me!
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