Fortnite now has over 350 million registered players, with another in-game concert imminent

Developer Epic Games has reported that its hugely popular battle royale game Fortnite now has over 350 million registered players.

In April, Fortnite players spent over 3.2 billion hours in game, according to a Tweet from Epic Games.

The last time Epic Games confirmed a registered user number for Fortnite was in March 2019, when it had nearly 250 million – which means Fornite has added approximately 100m users in the past 14 months.

That 250m figure was itself up by 50m on a 200m figure confirmed by Epic Games in November 2018, and up by 125m (i.e. double the size) on its confirmed audience in June 2018.

Epic has also announced that more virtual concerts are on the way.

Mega star DJs Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5 will play “back-to-back-to-back” Live sets on the big screen at the game’s Main Stage area on Friday, May 8, at 9 PM ET.

The new concerts follow April’s Travis Scott ‘Astronomical’ Fortnite event, which attracted over 27.7m viewers across five pre-recorded ‘sets’, and in which he debuted his new track, The Scotts with Kid Cudi.

Fortnite’s Main Stage venue is part of the game’s new Party Royale mode, “a new experimental and evolving space,” which was opened with a secret set by Diplo on May 1.

“Shows at the Main Stage are just some of the many attractions at Party Royale,” states a post on Fortnite’s website. “In this new experimental and evolving space, there are many things to do and places to explore.

“For example: take on aerial obstacle courses at Skydive Rift, participate in boat races at Fishsticks’ Boat Race, and grab items at The Plaza such as the new Paint Launcher.

“There are no weapons or mats in Party Royale — it’s all about just hanging out and having fun. No Sweat. All Chill. Let’s Party!”

Fortnite’s latest virtual concerts follow last year’s in-game Marshmello set, which played live to over 10 million people in smash video game.

MBW reported yesterday (May 6) that Sony is building a team ‘dedicated to reimagining music through immersive media’ – using Fortnite maker Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.Music Business Worldwide

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