Fortnite Hit 3.4 Million Concurrent Players February 4th

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite Battle Royale

News comes directly from Epic Games in a half-blog post, half-job listing earlier today.

By comparison, PUBG Corp's every-man-for-himself shooter previously attracted an equally impressive 3.2 million concurrent players on Steam.

Epic Games' latest update for Battle Royale, which is out now, introduces a box of chocolates' worth of new goodies to enjoy, both cosmetic and otherwise.

Epic Games' Fortnite notched up an earth-shattering 3.4 million concurrent players over the weekend, breaking the previous record held by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Issues aside, the meteoric rise in popularity that Fortnite has seen in the past few months means that it's now perhaps the most popular game in the world across PC and console. The developer did not provide a breakdown of how that figure is divided between the paid Fortnite base game and the free-to-play Battle Royale mode, but it can be safely assumed that Battle Royale has the bulk of the players.

Were you around for the Fortnite server debacle last weekend?

Epic Games has posted a detailed explanation of what went wrong and how they intend to make sure it doesn't happen again, although obviously time will tell on that one. You can read that blog post here. "We want you all to know we take these outages very seriously, conducting in-depth post-mortems on each incident to identify the root cause and decide on the best plan of action". Neither game invented the idea, but PUBG's creators recently flirted with the idea of suing Fortnite for being too similar.

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