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World's Most-Played Game Confirmed In New Study, With 10.4 Million Years Collective Playtime

World's Most-Played Game Confirmed In New Study, With 10.4 Million Years Collective Playtime

Just in case you needed a reminder that Fortnite is a global behemoth that will most likely outlive us all, new data reveals that gamers all around the world have put a collective playtime of 10.4 million years into the Epic-developed battle royale. That's roughly 50 times longer than humans (as we know them) have existed on this planet, which is... a sobering statistic.

This handy little after-dinner fact comes courtesy of a new report published by UK retailer GAME, which decided to dig into the top ten most-played games around the world. Overall, gamers have spent 19.2 million years cumulatively playing the ten games listed - although Fortnite takes first place by some distance.

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

In fact, the second most-played game in the world doesn't even come close to matching the might of Fortnite. World Of Warcraft - once the most popular game on the face of the planet - takes silver with 5.7 million years. It's worth noting that Fortnite came out some 13 years after World Of Warcraft, and boasts nearly twice the fantasy MMO's playtime. Scary stuff.

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Overwatch comes in third with 1.5 million collective years under its best, while Grand Theft Auto V trails a distant fourth place with just under 730k. I was expecting an awful lot more from Rockstar's open-world crime sim, I have to say.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt reminds us all that single-player games aren't dead just yet, coming in fifth with 342k. CD Projekt RED's classic RPG is followed up by 2019's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare and free-to-play battle royale Warzone. Clearly Activision has a long way to go if it wants to take that Fortnite crown.

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The last four games in the top ten are Fallout 4 (115k), Assassin's Creed Odyssey (90k), Rocket League (47k), and FIFA 20 (11k).

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I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that Fortnite is also the most-streamed game on Twitch by a long old way. With 1289 million hours viewed, it's the game of the platform. That's almost double the 712 million earned by League Of Legends, which takes the second most-viewed spot.

What does this tell us, then? Mostly, that the people who love to harp on about Fortnite being a dead game are dead wrong. I don't play it myself, but you have to respect anything that can pull in those kind of numbers.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Topics: fortnite, News, Battle Royale, GTA V

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.