The fan favorite Battle Royale Epic Games’ Fortnite, cleared the $1B mark in July, taking the title of highest grossing console game. Consumers have spent $9.1B on digital gaming in all. There was a slight decline in mobile and PC revenue, but the console revenue significantly increased by 23%. According to research firm Superdata, the earnings from the game are so relevant that if not for Fortnite’s influence, the console gaming revenue would’ve declined by an estimated 6%.
If we talk PC, games like World of Warcraft, World of Tanks and DOTA 2 are more dominant than Fortnite is. PUBG sales added up to 4.7 million units in June, coming after its performance when it was launched in October 2017. Part of Fortnite’s appeal has been the free-to-play nature and console support. The game is supported by The Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. It is also supported by iOS. Compared to PlayerUnknown’s Battleground which costs money and is only supported by PC, iOS, Android and Xbox One, Fortnite is making a huge killing. It’s also expected to launch on Android in August.
Fortnite‘s popularity may remind you of World of Warcraft from years ago, however, we hope there will be better results this time around in regards to “What Comes Next”. Instead of competitors trying to make a similar game to Fortnite, we’d like them to try and make a better, more unique game away from Fortnite’s game play. The game is a hard hitter, but gamers would like better games, compared to this one. The dominance of the industry also means that eventually, all anyone will want to talk about is whether a given game is better than Fortnite. As the summer comes to a close, there’s a decent chance its popularity will lower a bit, and we know that there will be another popular game that eventually (perhaps years from now) takes its place as King.
Now is our chance to do something brand new, developers!
Shannon Toohey is Editor-In-Chief of FanFest.com. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 with a B.A. in Journalism from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications. Shannon has been a proud member of the Fan Fest team since 2013. Tweet her in your prettiest bird voice: @shannontoo