3) Fortnite Battle Royale – 3.4 million
Games with the Highest Peak Concurrent Players
Surely one of the biggest comeback stories in video gaming history, Fortnite’s original PvE experience was met with a middling reception and enjoyed only a modest-sized community of players. But everything has changed. With the clever release of a battle royale mode akin to the massively popular PUBG – which was itself recording biblical player counts at the time – developer Epic Games has transformed the game into one of the world’s most popular titles in the space of fewer than six months.
The free-to-play game features the same last-man-standing gameplay as its rival, in which players parachute onto an island, scavenge for weapons and resources, and then duke it out to the death. The big twist is that the base game’s building mechanics remain intact, adding a fresh spin to the formula. It’s proven a winning formula, with its 3.4 million concurrent player count wrestling the record away from its rival, PUBG – albeit as a free-to-play, multiplatform title.