Fortnite is a free to play battle royale style game from Epic games, a company founded by Tim Sweeney.
Fortnite: save the world was released in 2017, this added to the mass hysteria and following of Player Unknown’s: Battlegrounds (PUBG) and it attained a lot of popularity after the release of their battle royale version.
Fortnite is available for Android, iOS devices, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, XBOX Series X and S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, macOS, Windows.
How Much Does Fortnite Make A Day
As per estimated and available stats, Fortnite made over $5.8 billion in 2021 and their daily earnings were calculated at over $15.89 million.
Considering what Epic games were earning from Fortnite each day at $5.3 million in 2019 ($3685 every minute), the 2021 statistics shows that they have tripled their earnings from 2019, a massive climb that also means they have a steady player count that keeps increasing.
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Fortnite’s player spendings (based on trends) tend to focus more on the items from the in-game store. The game has generated a lot of revenue till date from in-game live music shows, Fortnite world cup, live streams of competitions, paid version of the game
With the gaming industry becoming the top earning entertainment industry, this number will only go upwards from here. This also is directly correlated with the number of active players. More the players, the better the revenue generation.
In 2021, the active player count climbed to 83.5 million and the $15.89 million per day roughly calculates to $0.19 per player per minute.
How Much Money Does Fortnite Make?
Fortnite has been in the scene since 2017, it has made a name for itself in the gaming market and boasts an established fan base that keeps increasing each day.
The huge fan base has resulted in Fortnite revenue increase in a short period of time, which encouraged Epic games to work on the same model. From 2018 to 2020, Fortnite amassed $14.2 billion and estimated figures for 2021 take the total revenue to $20 billion.
A break-up of the annual revenue for each year reveals that the 2021 (estimate) surpasses all previous years. In 2018, the gaming trend of battle royale games ensured that Fortnite revenues reached $5.1 billion.
Even though their revenue fell in 2019 to $3.7 billion, Fortnite was still the biggest earner in the gaming industry. In 2019, the registered users for Fortnite, increased substantially from 125 million to 250 million, doubling the registered players in 1 year.
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Fortnite earned this cult following by doing a lot of collaborations with pop icons and taking into consideration the current trends. Epic games have introduced innovative ideas like, Star Wars themed clothing, John wick skins, Ariana Grande’s rift tour feature, Travis Scott & Steve Aoki music concerts in-game etc.
How Does Fortnite Make Money?
Fortnite has a lot of ways to earn money even though it is free to play. There are paid versions of the game as well, like Fortnite Save the World and Fortnite battle pass.
While Fortnite Save the World deluxe edition costs around $60, the standard edition is priced at $40.
Besides this there are a lot of player spendings in the game as well.
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Fortnite Battle Royale (In-game Purchases)
Fortnite Battle Royale is the free cross platform game mode that is free to play for anyone with a registered account.
Since 23 Apr 2022, there was a new game mode added by epic games, this was called party royale and it had a laid-back style of game play. This mode focussed on concerts on parties, chilling with friends and attending in-game concerts.
Epic games create a lot of revenue from this mode as there are a lot of players who make purchases from the in-game store.
The shop content is refreshed every now and then and has celebration moves, weapon skins, player skins, featured content, V-bucks and season pass.
V-Bucks is the in-game currency for the Fortnite gamers, players can buy V-bucks bundles ranging from 100 V-bucks to 5000 V-bucks which range from $7.99 to $31.99.
Besides the obvious Fortnite skin releases, there are special Fortnite skin packs based on different season collaborations. These are available only to season pass holders and are included in the season pass pack.
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Fortnite world cup
The inaugural Fortnite world cup was held in 2019 and was a huge event that was streamed and watched by millions of people around the world.
The whole event was watched by over 2.5 million viewers on YouTube and Twitch besides the thousands attending the event at the famous Arthur Ashe stadium, famous for the U.S. Open tennis grand slam tournament.
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, who won the singles tournament got a prize money of $3 million. The whole event generated a viewership of 81.8 million hours.
Hosting the world cup gave a huge boost for Fortnite, gaining them a big fan base.
Ninja was one the most famous among the Fortnite community around 2019 and even now. He supposedly makes $500,000 every month streaming Fortnite and has over 14.5 thousand average viewers.
David “TheGrefg” Cánovas Martínez holds the most concurrent views on a Fortnite game twitch stream that he achieved on 11th Jan 2021 when he unveiled his Icon series Fortnite skin.
In the Pro-Am part of the world cup, Ninja was paired with musician Marshmello and their team finished 11th in the final standings.
In 2019, the registered number of players were 75 million and after the world cup the numbers went up by 5 million in 2020.
Besides the in-game shop that players use to buy in-game content, there is also an epic games store, which sells exclusive merchandise.
This shop can also be found on Amazon as well and has a different variety of clothing, collector edition items, phone cases, posters etc.
It is unclear how much money Fortnite actually makes out of this, but it is an integral part of Fortnite’s financial schemes.
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Fortnite seasons are themed eras of the game that have a different working mechanism and dynamics for each new season. Seasons go on for a few days and there are new in-game shop items that are also released to suit the theme of that season.
There have been 20 seasons till now and the last season ended on 4th June 2022, which was superseded by Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 which started on 5th June 2022.
The current season is titled “Vibin” and is themed around summer party and activities. For every season, Fortnite players can buy a season pass which comes with v-bucks and Star Wars theme items like Darth Vader outfit with Indian Jones costume as planned release later.
The shortest season lasted for 50 days and the longest one lasted a massive 128 days (Fortnite chapter 2 season 1).
Games That Made the Most Money
Among the highest selling games, Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V are top of the charts but they are not the highest grossing games
The list of highest grossing video games does not include extremely popular names like Apex legends and rocket league (another release from EPIC games)
One of the highest grossing video games is Pacman, which is a maze game where Pac-man must eat the dots while steering clear of the “Ghost gang”, which consists of Blinky, Clyde, Inky and Pinky.
Pac-man has made $19.23 billion (US inflated), as of 2016 and is still one of the most famous pop culture icons of the gaming world after Mario.
Pac-man was released in 1980 and over time has been released over multi-platforms.
The whole Pokémon Franchise tops the chart of the most grossing game franchises with various cross platform games and the current venture into mobile gaming with the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, released in 2016.
Pokémon franchises have made over $90 billion and is one of the most earning franchises in gaming history.
Mario, everyone’s favourite Italian plumber, who is also an icon of the gaming world, has made a whopping $30.25 billion till date.
Mario and Luigi along with Princess Peach are some of the most well-known characters of the 90’s gaming scene. The craze around Mario does not seem to fall anytime soon.
Although Fortnite is nowhere near the highest grossing games, it has covered a lot of ground in a very short time and it seems it is on the rise in 2022.
Given a few years, Fortnite might easily be among the top 30 list of the highest grossing games and since the gaming industry has overtaken movies as the highest grossing entertainment industry, Fortnite will only move upwards from here on.
Since Google removed the Fortnite app from their play store following Apple, who removed the Fortnite app from the iOS device app stores, Epic games have been missing out on the mobile gaming revenues which can really do wonders for them.