Fortnite Battle Royale claims more than ten million players

Last week, Epic announced that Fortnite, it's multiformat game of building and defending bases, had amassed more than seven million players. Today it claimed an even meatier figure, saying that the standalone Fortnite Battle Royale mode has pushed past ten million players, all by itself, since its debut two weeks ago. 

"Ten million players" isn't the most precise measure, and Fortnite isn't on Steam so it's impossible to verify the figure, although I can't imagine that Epic would throw it around if it wasn't accurate. But what's really interesting is that it's specific to Fortnite Battle Royale: I assumed that last week's player count was driven largely by the Battle Royale mode, but this would indicate that it's almost all coming from that direction.   

I've reached out to Epic to see if we can get a little clarification on the number, and I'll let you know if it's forthcoming. In the meantime, check out some other big numbers in the infographic below.  

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.