Fortnite now has 200 million players, up 60% from the last count

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  • Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

The Epic Games Inc. Fortnite: Battle Royale video game is seen in the App Store on an Apple Inc. iPhone displayed for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Fortnite, the hit game that's denting the stock prices of video-game makers after signing up 45 million players, didn't really take off until it became free and a free-for-all. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Fortnite, the shooting game that’s hooked fans from school kids to basketball stars, now has over 200 million players. 

That number – almost equal to the population of Brazil – represents a 60% increase from the 125 million registered users that the game’s creator, Epic Games Inc, released in June. And it’s five times the count the company gave in January. 

Released in its popular battle-royale mode in September of last year, Fortnite pits 100 players against one another for survival on a shrinking island. The game is free to play and available on multiple devices, from mobile phones to traditional videogame consoles, with Epic making money by charging players for decorative items like costumes and props. 

Those purchases add up. In October, Epic raised US$1.25bil (RM5.24bil) from an investor group that included KKR & Co, Vulcan Capital and Kleiner Perkins in a deal that valued the closely held company at US$15bil (RM62.90bil). – Bloomberg

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