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Battle royale sensation Fortnite has hit yet another major user milestone.

According to data from Statista, the number of users has surged to a whopping 200 million, as of November 2018. This represents a more than 150 million user increase since the start of the year. Total concurrent users have also surged in 2018, growing around 315% from 2 million in January to over 8.3 million.

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This growth has been driven by the game’s popularity as a destination for streaming viewers and as a leading esports game. Perhaps no better representation of both of these components is the world’s most popular streamer¬†Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who recently¬†surpassed 20 million YouTube subscribers.

Fortnite’s appeal to younger gaming audiences has opened up the opportunity for Epic Games, Fortnite’s creator, to earn billions of dollar through ‘V-Buck‘ microtransactions for simplistic in-game elements, like character skins.

The combined user and revenue growth recently led Epic Games to raise $1.25 billion in a financing round that values the company at nearly $15 billion, with participation from major investors including Kleiner Perkins and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

More:¬†The ‘Fortnite’ Monster: 200 Million Players, 8.3 Million Concurrents
Related: Fortnite Sensation Ninja Now Has Over 20 Million YouTube Subs
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