Fortnite becomes the most successful free-to-play game on console ever

Fortnite's profits jumped by 73% in March over its last month.

  • Published: April 27, 2018 9:35 AM IST

Epic Games’ latest super successful venture, Fortnite, has seen many feathers added to its cap. But the most recent one might just be the crown jewel. A SuperData report has shown that Fortnite has become the most successful free-to-play game ever to grace consoles. This is an extremely bold pronunciation, but not an improbable one if one considers the achievements of the game recently. In fact, one might argue that this was somewhat expected.

Users don’t have to pay to download Fortnite, but the game features micro-transactions for in-game character skins, emotes, and other cosmetic items. And this has become the model for the financial success of the game on all the platforms. This claim to fame of Fortnite is because of its super successful battle royale mode, the idea for which was borrowed from Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

The report from SuperData suggests that Fortnite garnered $223 million across all platforms in March which is 73 percent more than its last month’s revenue. And the release of the mobile version on iOS last month also helped the platform bolster this profit.

Fortnite took over the crown from PUBG as the most viewed and played game with a battle royale format. And this may be attributed to the fact that the base game of Fortnite is free while PUBG is not. Besides this, there is of course the use of a more fun factor with cartoonish graphics and easy mechanics of Fortnite that seems to have become popular. Compared to this PUBG is a lot more serious game with a lot of things affecting how things are played and with longer matches.

  • Published Date: April 27, 2018 9:35 AM IST