Epic Games’ Fortnite has been on a rather strong run as of late, especially thanks to the introduction of Fortnite: Battle Royale. However, it’s latest record may be its biggest yet as the developer announced 3.4 million concurrent players on February 4th. Epic noted that this makes the game “perhaps the biggest PC/console game in the world”.
In the official post announcing this fact, Epic also went into detail about how the extreme load of concurrent players caused six different “incidents” over the past weekend. These range from account service outage and XMPP outage to cloud capacity limits and throttling. It’s a very in-depth read and follows up on the excellent communication the team has provided to fans about recent problems.
Fortnite’s last major milestone was in January 2018 when it announced that over 40 million players had downloaded the game till date. The concurrent player record at the time was over 2 million players so to see such a large jump in such a short time is astounding.