Fortnite enjoyed its best month to date in terms of popularity in August, as 78.3 million people played across all platforms.
Most people have one of two reactions to a fad taking over what feels like the entire world. You either get sucked in by it along with everyone else and it encompasses your whole life for a few months, or you see people taking part in it, sigh and roll your eyes, and get on with whatever it was you were doing.
Take Pokemon Go, for example. Never in recent history has a video game quite captured the attention and imagination of so many people at once. Then, after a few months, the initial hype started to die down and while many are still playing it two years later, most have moved on to the next craze. For many of us, in the gaming sphere anyway, that next craze has been Fortnite.
However, more than a year into Fortnite's existence and not only has it shown no sign of declining anytime soon, but it continues to get more and more popular. In fact, according to Eurogamer, the battle royale style game enjoyed its best month so far in August, registering a massive 78.3 million total players last month. That is an incredible amount of people parachuting down onto that relatively small island.
That massive number can be attributed to a couple of things. Perhaps most notably, August marked Fortnite's long-awaited arrival on Android. Epic, Fortnite's developers, believe that as many as 250 million people could download the game on Android and evidently, it is well on its way there. What makes the seemingly successful Android launch even more impressive is that Epic has foregone selling the game through the Google Play store due to the 30% cut Google insists on taking.
On top of the Android release, August was a pretty eventful and intriguing month on Fortnite. Epic does a great job of keeping players interested, and last month was when the giant purple cube first arrived on the island. One month later and it has completed its journey, arriving at Loot Lake and turning it into one giant jelly trampoline. Next up, the start of season six which arrives later this week.