Fortnite celebrates its "biggest day ever" with 44.7 million players online
Epic Games has announced that player counts hit a record high over the weekend as Fortnite released its new “OG” mode, featuring the original battle royale map and weapons.
Epic confirmed via X that over 44.7 million players jumped into Fortnite on Saturday, accumulating over 102 million hours of playtime, making it the game's biggest day in its six-year history. The game's concurrent player record was also broken, according to Fortnite.gg's tracker, with 6,172,463 players in-game.
The massive influx of players is the result of the game's "OG mode," which recreates the state of the game during its peak, with its original map and weapons making a return, attracting older fans as well as those looking to experience the early days for the first time. The mode will transition to a new "phase" with each major update, with the current mode reflecting Chapter 1 Season 5.
Many of Fortnite's biggest streamers from the 2018 era reaped the benefits of OG's release, with over 122,432 Twitch viewers tuning in to watch Ninja, and many more on YouTube watching TimTheTatman, Myth, DrLupo, and other "OG" content creators.
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