Bloomberg decided today that the number of players registered in Fortnite is now around 200 million. Let that number sink into your head. Epic Games later confirmed that number to GamesIndustry.Biz which means that it is not only a hyperbolic estimate, either. Number of players in Fortnite now over all but some of the world's countries.
Earlier this month, we reported the number of simultaneous players in Fortnite now numbered over 8.3 million. At that time we discussed the comparison between Fortis and simultaneous players from all the Steam games out there Fortnite won by the way).
But to give you an idea of how large the number of registered players is, we must go to a larger frame of reference. These are big league numbers. These are land sizes. And according to current estimates of the populations of the world's ten most populated countries, Fortnite is now the eighth most populated location in the world.
By comparison, more people have played in it than Russia (~ 1
Remember that world population estimates are a bit fuzzy. Just to give me something to go by, I use the US Census Bureau World Population Clock, which holds a rough guess of a country's population based on the latest reported data and projected estimates. At the time of writing, the 7 most populous countries in the world are in order, China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan and Nigeria. The last one is by now the only leader Fortnite with around 3 million, which I have no doubt the game will hit at some point.
According to Bloomberg the figure represents an increase of 60 percent from the last reported player counts in June. It is likely that the jump in numbers is due to the release of Battle Royale mode in South Korea, which also likely led to the increase in the simultaneous game counts.
Of course, the UN World Population Prospects reported, as revised last year, estimates the population of Nigeria of almost 200 million. Although we lack difficult numbers, it is possible Fortnite may be seventh most populated place in the world. Again, let it sink.
We have contacted Epic Games for more information about their swelling.