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.
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.