Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

"Fortnite" Has Earned Over $1 Billion

Meanwhile, the battle royale genre continues to be the most popular for streaming, with viewers having watched almost 700 million hours - 83 percent of which were from Fortnite - of battle royale gaming in May.

It's a particularly impressive number considering the game is free to play and has been out for less than two years. Despite the game being free, Epic is raking in monumental amounts of cash from the microtransactions within the cartoon shooter. It's hard to believe the game has already been out for a year but on July 24th, Fortnite will be 1 year old.

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The meteoric rise of Fortnite is relatively unprecedented, outpacing other Battle Royale games including League of Legends, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Dota 2 in terms of hours watched. Fortnite fans will see other popular outfits and items throughout FORTNITE: The Movie.

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Incentives to earn eliminations and push for attacks were minimal and late-game matches remained tiresome as dozens of players took a cautious route and stayed hidden within their forts.

Last time we wrote about Fortnite's success, back in June, the game had raked in $100 million on iOS alone.

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Fortnite Battle Royale went live in late September 2017, but Fortnite as it was originally conceived-a base-building zombie defense game, kind of a mashup of Minecraft and Left 4 Dead-came out on July 25.

Epic will no doubt drop some new patch notes before or during the downtime, and we'll bring those to you the second they're available. The Fortnite Playground Mode is a mode where players can build as much as they want in an hour.

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Epic Games, the creator of the hottest game in the world right now, recently launched the Fortnite Summer Skirmish series - the company's own weekly esports tournament where player battle in a duo's tournament to win $250,000. Many people are buying consoles just to be able to play Fortnite battle royal.

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