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Fortnite rakes in US$500 million on iOS in less than a year

Fortnite players can currently enjoy a Valentine's Day theme. (Source: Epic Games)
Fortnite players can currently enjoy a Valentine's Day theme. (Source: Epic Games)
Market intelligence analyst Sensor Tower has estimated that Fortnite has amassed over US$500 million in revenue in less than a year on iOS alone. The battle royale smash hit from Epic Games has been making about US$1.53 million a day since it was released on the App Store. Android gamers have contributed another US$100 million on top of that.

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Some healthy figures for Fortnite have just been released that should help the current battle royale champion snatch some of the headlines back from newcomer Apex Legends. Just as the latter game from EA was offering up some impressive numbers in its first week of release, revenue estimates for Fortnite helped remind us which game is still at the top of the pile. Since its release on the App Store (iOS) the title from Epic has grossed over US$500 million in revenue.

According to the data from Sensor Tower, it took Fortnite 326 days to hit the half-billion dollar target. In comparison, Supercell’s Clash Royale took 389 days and Tencent’s Honor of Kings hit the mark in 405 days. An estimated US$320 million (64%) of Fortnite’s total revenue is believed to have come from gamers in the USA. Fortnite has been a nice earner for Apple as well as Epic Games. The Cupertino company will take around US$150 million of the battle royale game’s revenue, while the rest goes to the publisher.

As Epic offers Fortnite on Android through its own platform, the estimated US$100 million gamers have spent in the same time period on that particular OS has all gone to the North Carolina-based software company. US$450 million revenue for one game in less than year is a tidy sum for Epic. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Apex Legends to make that kind of money when it inevitably makes its way to mobile platforms.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-02-11 (Update: 2019-02-11)