Games built on Battle Royale, which was the signature game mode of the most profitable year of digital games history, 2017, made millions of gamers locked on to their position for hours. Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), has lost a record against its closest competitor Fortnite.
On November 25, 2017, the PUBG broke a record, bringing together 2.94 million players at the same time, and then set a new threshold of 3.2 million afterwards.
Accused by PUBG Corp. of being “too similar”, Fortnite set a new record for the number of concurrent players. Epic Games announced that the game was played at the same time by players up to 3.4 million on the weekend.
PC Gamer noted that Fornite’s announcement covers PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms, while PUBG has reached 3.2 billion solely on the PC platform. Epic Games did not distribute the number of players per platform.
Fornite is the biggest success of Epic Games so far. The studio has shifted all of its focus to battle royale genre, while ceasing support for Paragon, a free MOBA.