Fortnite now has over 250 million registered players


The growing popularity of rival game, Apex Legends, looked to have taken the wind out of Fortnite and compromised its growth-but the new figures released earlier this week suggest otherwise.

By this time, it's barely even a surprise to report on a professional video game player such as Tyler Blevins, also known as Ninja, probably the most famous of his field, making big bucks to do something many of us would happily do for free (and, in fact, pay for the privilege).

In the interview, Sweeney tells GamesBeat's Dean Takahashi that Fortnite is quickly closing in on 250 million players - a major milestone that most battle royale titles will probably never come close to meeting.

Epic boss Tim Sweeney explains: "It's a real game".

SuperData reckons this was the best out-of-the-gate performance for a free-to-play game ever.

The developers of Fortnite have announced that they will distribute grants totaling $ 100 million.

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The amount of grants will range from $ 5,000 to $ 500,000.

Potential grant recipients should fall into one of five categories: game development, media and entertainment, entrepreneurship, education, and open source development.

Apex Legends was a surprise release on February 4, with Respawn Entertainment officially unveiling the game only 15 minutes before it went live.

Fortnite is available now on PC, PS4, IOS, Android, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Dungeon Fighter Online became the leader of the top among computer users. However, in recent weeks, the game has slowly slipped behind Epic Games' mega-popular title - with Fortnite nearly doubling the number of concurrent viewers regularly since the end of February. Epic Games reported these figures at the conference GDC 2019.

The 50 million player mark is in the rearview mirror for Fortnite. The previous record was reached in February when 10.7 million people logged on to participate at the Marshmello in-game concert.