78.3m people played Fortnite in August

78.3m people played Fortnite in August

Developer and publisher Epic Games has revealed that 78.3m people logged into Fortnite in August alone.

In a blog post about its upcoming Skirmish event, the middleware and game maker said this was the biggest month on record for the survival-slash-battle royal title.

Epic doesn't give any indication as to how much of an increase this is on previous record-breaking months - this is hopefully something we can glean from SuperData's digital revenue figures for the game. 

Additionally, Epic admitted that this player figure revealed weaknesses in the game, namely performance and spectating, which the company has been working on solutions for.

"Beginning in October, we’re opening up inclusive competition, where everybody can play and compete," Epic wrote.

"To make that possible we’ve had to harden and scale our systems and infrastructure. For example, August was Fortnite’s biggest month yet, with 78.3 million of you showing up to play. This exposed weak points and allowed us to make targeted improvements to critical systems, such as stats and servers. The Summer Skirmish also, as you all probably noticed, highlighted problems with performance and spectating, which we’ve been working on ever since. We’re excited about kicking off the new competition system and we’ll have details dropping in the weeks ahead."

There's no word on what the total number of Fortnite players is right now, but at last count, in June of this year, Epic said there were 125m people in its battle royale behemoth.

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