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'Fortnite' Revenue Reportedly Dropped By 52 Percent Since Last Year

'Fortnite' Revenue Reportedly Dropped By 52 Percent Since Last Year

There's no denying that Fortnite remains one of the biggest and most successful games in the world right now, but nothing can stay on top forever. Sure enough, it seems that the popular battle royale has finally started its downward trajectory, according to a report by US market tracking firm Edison Trends.

Edison, which collects its data from millions of registered US consumers, found that Fortnite's revenue was down 52 percent between Q2 2018 and Q2 2019, and nearly 75 percent when compared to the battle royale's December 2018 peak. Despite this, it's important to note that the game apparently still finds itself firmly on top of the online gaming charts. Because of course it does.

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Fortnite / Credit: Epic Games
Fortnite / Credit: Epic Games

If you're wondering where Fornite has been making most of its cash-money, you probably won't be too surprised to learn that the answer is virtual currency. Edison reports that V-Bucks make up 83 percent of total revenue, with the rest coming from packs and store bundles.

In terms of player loyalty, around 49 percent of of Fortnite players "made repeat purchases month over month", coming in second place behind EA and Respawn's Apex Legends, which saw 62 percent of players making repeat purchases, presumably because the latter game has more enticing in-game purchases - for better or worse.

While there are plenty of gamers out there who inexplicably wish Fortnite would "die", as if it's continued existence is in some way hurting them, these figures offer absolutely no indication that the game is going anywhere anytime soon. 52 percent might sound like an alarming drop in revenue, but we have to remember that Fortnite was ridiculously huge in 2018. The game is still massive, just less so.

Credit: Edison Trends
Credit: Edison Trends
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Edison's report notes that Fortnite revenue is expected to remain at a lower, but more stable amount going forward, so it'll certainly be interesting to see just where the game is this time next year. Honestly, I wouldn't be that surprised if it was still on top, but there's every chance that a game like Apex Legends - or a brand new contender - could steal the crown.

At least over on Xbox One, other titles are starting to topple Epic's mighty battle royale. Just a few days after Gears 5 launched, the gritty first-person shooter managed to be the first title in well over a year to take to take Fortnite's top spot on Xbox Live as the most-played titletop spot on Xbox Live as the most-played title.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Topics: epic games, fortnite, Battle Royale

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.

 

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