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20+ Fortnite Statistics That Will Shock The World (Aug 2022)

Everyone’s probably heard of this game already, if not have seen it more than they heard of it. People who don’t even know the game might have seen clips of it in social media sites. You ever seen a clip where someone was shooting someone else the first minute and building something the next? Well, that is Epic Games’ Fortnite, and we’re going to be looking at the numbers behind this global phenomenon of a video game.

What is Fortnite exactly?

Fortnite is a free to play game set in a zombie-infested and post-apocalyptic universe. You and up a hundred people will fight your way through a shrinking map, but you don’t exactly start out like you would with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

You’re not buying any weapons here. Instead, you’re going to have to roam the entire map, looking for a place to hide or loot. The premise is simple: survive and be the last man (or woman) standing.

The game was developed by Tim Sweeney and released by Epic Games Inc in July 2017. However, the appeal of Fortnite wasn’t exactly immediate. It was cartoonish and the premise wasn’t as unique as the rest of the first person shooting games out there. In fact, it kind of reminded people of a more cartoonish PUBG.

But eventually it grew and caught hype, mostly by a lot of professional FPS players like Ninja. Then the rest is history. Fortnite statistics show that the game is now worth more than a billion dollars, and we’re going to be taking a look at more numbers outside of the game’s revenue.

Key Fortnite Statistics

  • Fortnite earned $5.8 billion in revenue for 2021 [1], [2].
  • Since 2018, Fortnite is close to earning $20 billion in revenue [1], [2].
  • 77% of players in the USA spent money in Fortnite [3].
  • $102.42 was the average spending of Fortnite players in the USA in 2020 [4].
  • There are 400 million registered users in Fortnite as of 2021 [1].
  • 87% of the Fortnite playerbase globally is comprised of male players [10].
  • The average age of a Fortnite player is between 18 and 24 [10].
  • 26% of preteens in the United States consider Fortnite as their most favorite game [7].
  • Tyler Blevins, or Ninja, is the biggest Fortnite streamer on Twitch with 18.7 million followers [11].
  • Fortnite generated 11 million hours viewed on Twitch in July 2022 [16].

How Big Is Fortnite?

Fortnite Main Fortnite Statistics

Under the Fortnite franchise are two games: Fortnite: Battle Royale and Fortnite: Save the World. The latter was released through a paid-for-early access back in 2017 and has yet to be released officially with rumors of a free to play game version.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is the game that we’re going to be centered on. A free to play game, Fortnite: Battle Royale pits you and 99 other players into a storm-ridden island. You have to fight, build, and survive the entire match, or at least be in the top ranking survivors.

The twist, however, is that the map continues to shrink. Even though you’re doing your best to avoid the crowd and wait it out, you’re going to meet other players sooner or later. Fortnite is played on different platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Unlike most shooting games like Call of Duty and Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite does not border on realism. In fact, it’s far from being realistic. The cartoonish appeal, the weird sound effects, and the hilarious dance sets are just a few of the many reasons why so many people play Fortnite. And when that many people play Fortnite, it’s bound to get the attention of the marketing world. Sure enough, bigger franchises such as Marvel and DC are now turning their heads towards the game by providing them with aesthetics, dances, and other features.

But we’ll talk more about that later on.

How Does Fortnite Generate Revenue?

Fortnite Cosmetics Fortnite Statistics

Epic Games’ Fortnite is a free to play game, so how exactly is it generating money? How is it generating hundreds of millions of dollars in Fortnite revenue?

Well, you don’t need to pay to access the full features of the game. That’s what sets it apart from the other games you see. When people play Fortnite for free, they are not hindered by any form of pay walls, and when we say pay walls, we mean they don’t have to purchase anything to access content.

This popular battle royale game makes money off of one thing: microtransactions. That’s when a game, or an app, includes different features or aesthetics that don’t affect the performance or competitive nature.

Fortnite has these player costumes, or skins if you will, which they can purchase to customize their characters. These ancillary products are the reason that make up most of the Fortnite revenue all throughout the years. Other games such as League of Legends and Dota 2 also have these features that allow them to earn revenue through microtransactions.

The game also includes what’s called a Battle Pass, which is a quarterly subscription for $9.50 and generates most of the revenue for Fortnite. This quarterly fee will give players exclusive access to in-game content such as map changes, character features, and other features that a free player gets. Items included in the Battle Pass or in their store do not give anyone a competitive advantage.

The items that are included in the Battle Pass are also available for a separate purchase, so players who are just after a particular item can buy them for a cheaper price without having to invest in a Battle Pass. A win-win situation for both players and Fortnite.

On top of their microtransactions, players can also purchase in-game currency called V-Bucks, which you can use to purchase cosmetics, dances, and pre-released game modes. The denomination of these V-Bucks range from 200 to 2,000 ($2 to $20, respectively).

And as expected of any video game, Fortnite lures players in with limited access, or limited time only, deals to incentivize players to buy on impulse. And it works.

Fortnite Revenue

  • Fortnite annual revenue from 2018 to 2021 are as follows [1], [2]:
    • $5.4 billion in 2018
    • $3.7 billion in 2019
    • $5.1 billion in 2020
    • $5.8 billion in 2021
  • 77% of players in the USA have spent money on Fortnite in a February 2020 survey [3].
  • Lifetime average spending of players in the USA for the years 2018 and 2020 are [4]:
    • $84.67 in 2018
    • $102.42 in 2020
  • Fortnite has 85% of gamer share in the USA in terms of purchasing DLC according to a 2019 survey [5].
  • Fortnite is one of the leading e-sports games worldwide in terms of cumulative prize pool, sitting at 4th ranking with $19.27 million for 2021. Dota 2 ranks 1st in terms of cumulative prize pool with $47.74 million for the same year of observance [6].

Fortnite Users

  • The number of registered players in Fortnite from 2017 to 2021 are [1]:
    • 20 million registered players in 2017
    • 125 million registered players in 2018
    • 250 million registered players in 2019
    • 350 million registered players in 2020
    • 400 million registered players in 2021
  • 26% of preteens in the United States consider Fortnite as their most favorite video game [7].

During the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020, gamers played Fortnite to fend off boredom. International RnB superstar Travis Scott took this chance and collaborated with Fortnite by hosting a live event within the game called Fortnite: Astronomical. And the numbers were staggering [8]:

  • 45.8 million players had access to all five live events
  • 27.7 unique players with access to all five events
  • 12.3 concurrent players who participated in the first event

Who Plays Fortnite?

Fortnite Gender Demographics

Majority of the Fortnite playerbase is male, comprising 87% of the player base globally. In contrast, only 10.3% of their playerbase is female [10].

What’s The Average Age of Fortnite Players?

Distribution of age and percentage of users are as follows [10]:

  • 62.7% for the 18-24 age group
  • 22.5% for the 25-34 age group
  • 12.7% for the 35-44 age group
  • 2% for the 45-54 age group
  • 0.1% for the 55+ age group

It’s safe to say that the average age of Fortnite players is between 18 and 24 years old, seeing as they comprise 62.7% of the game’s population worldwide.

Who Are The Top Fortnite Streamers?

  • In February 2021, Fortnite generated 127 million hours of watched online video content and ranks as the first amongst other battle royale games across different streaming platforms [12].
  • In April 2021, Fortnite generated 94.1 million hours viewed on Twitch [13].
  • For the month of January 2022, Fortnite’s peak viewer count reached 403,757 [14].
  • For April 2022, Fortnite generated 71.1 million hours viewed on Twitch [15].
  • As of July 2022, Fortnite is one of the top games on Twitch in terms of number of hours viewed at 11 million. Grand Theft Auto V retains the #1 spot with 32.2 million hours [16].

So who are the people on Twitch that’s making Fortnite as one of the most popular games in the world right now [10]?

1 – Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins – 17 Million Twitch Followers

Tyler Ninja Blevins Fortnite Statistics

If anyone was going to appear on this list, it would be Tyler Blevins, or who people know as Ninja. He picks up first place because he was the reason why Fortnite is so successful. He currently has 18.7 million followers on Twitch as of August 2022 and remains as one of the most popular content creators of all time.

2 – Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod – 5.4 million Twitch followers

Cody Clix Conrod Fortnite Statistics

Clix is one of the most popular Fortnite players, belonging to NRG. He’s considered to be one of the best Fortnite players of all time, right alongside Bugha.

As of August 2022, Clix has about 5.4 million Twitch followers with 1.7 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He was also the most watched Fortnite streamer in April 2021.

3 – Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson – 5.2 Million Twitch Followers

Kyle Mongraal Jackson Fortnite Statistics

A member of the FaZe clan, Mongraal is one of the few people on this list who’s going to make it big. While he hasn’t won any major events yet, he’s still one of the best players right now in the world.

4 – Jesus ‘Jelty’ Navarez Espinoza – 2.8 Million Twitch Followers

Jesus Jelty Navarez Fortnite Statistics

Jelty was rated as the fastest rising Fortnite streamer in 2021 by Sportskeeda, and his metrics speak for themselves. Jelty is one of the best streamers out there, maintaining his position in the top 10 most watched Fortnite streamers as of Aug 2022 [17].

5 – Josue ‘FaZe Sway’ Sway – 834,000 Twitch Followers

Josue Sway Fortnite Statistics

FaZe Sway is one of the more popular members from FaZe clan and is one of the best streamers out there for Fortnite. While he’s been streaming since 2017, his gaming forte turned out to be Fortnite and has streamed the game since. As of June 2021, Sway picked up 80,000 new followers just from streaming Fortnite.

Reference

[1] https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/20696836/epic-apple-trial-epic-games-exhibit.pdf
[2] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1238904/fortnite-revenue-annual/
[3] https://www.statista.com/statistics/882071/fortnite-players-spending-money-in-game-purchases/
[4] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1239662/fortnite-players-spending-total/
[5] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1079067/dlc-purchasing-game/
[6] https://www.statista.com/statistics/501853/leading-esports-games-worldwide-total-prize-pool/
[7] https://www.statista.com/statistics/694860/favorite-gaming-apps-united-states-girls/
[8] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1097635/fortnite-travis-scott-players/
[9] https://www.eurogamer.net/fortnite-earned-usd9bn-in-two-years
[10] https://vertoanalytics.com/chart-week-deep-dive-fortnite/
[11] https://www.esportsbets.com/fortnite/streamers/
[12] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1230663/top-battle-royale-games-livestreamed-by-hours/
[13] https://www.statista.com/statistics/507786/leading-game-content-twitch-by-number-hours-viewed/
[14] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1110372/twitch-popular-game-peak-viewers/
[15] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109384/fortnite-hours-watched-twitch/
[16] https://www.statista.com/statistics/509814/leading-games-twitch-by-number-hours-viewed/
[17] https://www.twitchmetrics.net/channels/viewership?game=Fortnite

James Stephenson

james stephenson profile picJames is a gaming and tech enthusiast. He has been playing computer games since the Commodore 64 days in the 80s. He has worked as a Broadcast Engineer with BBC News and knows a thing or two about building, fixing, and playing with PCs.