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February 12, 2018

‘Fortnight’ overtakes ‘PUBG’ record with 3.4 million players at one time

by John_A

Like two sumo wrestlers going at each other, the big multiplayer shooters continue to one-up each other with more and more players joining the fray. This time it was Epic Games’ Fortnite, who boasted in a blog post that they had beaten the record for most concurrent players previously held by Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.

Although Fortnight recorded 3.4 million players at one time over the weekend — besting PUBG’s previous mark of 3.2 million — the accomplishment was blemished by the repeated server crashes caused by the massive number of players.

“The extreme load caused 6 different incidents between Saturday and Sunday, with a mix of partial and total service disruptions to Fortnite,” they wrote. The post goes into some pretty technical details about what caused the various outages, which involved everything from matchmaking to account retrieval to instant messaging to overwhelming their cloud servers. Basically, they just got clobbered.

PC Gamer was quick to point out that the Fortnight count encompasses players on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, while PUBG’s numbers only reflect Steam players. As Epic didn’t break their numbers down by platform, it’s impossible to say who truly has the upper hand.

It’s the biggest game they’ve ever had, and the company recently pulled the plug on their free-to-play MOBA Paragon, with many team members moving to Fortnite.

“It’s been an amazing and exhilarating experience to grow Fortnite from our previous peak of 60K concurrent players to 3.4M in just a few months, making it perhaps the biggest PC/console game in the world!” they wrote. Epic obviously needs some help, as their blog post opens and closes with a plea for people with “domain expertise” to apply for a job at the company.

More game updates are planned for the near future, however, with an earlier post promising 60 FPS for all console versions later this month. Extra servers will also soon be online for West Coast and Brazilian Xbox players. Epic also announced upcoming integration with Facebook and other social networks for friend invites.

Several cosmetic updates are also in the works, with new outfits, gliders, and animations. New weapons and consumables are also mentioned, as well as the promise of different items in future updates.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Epic Games is pulling the plug on ‘Paragon’ after the success of ‘Fortnite’
  • The big bad banhammer is about to drop on more than 100,000 ‘PUBG’ cheaters
  • Hit up the group chat! ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ adds new 50-on-50 mode
  • We know when ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ will exit early access
  • ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ on Xbox One: Hands-on preview

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