Fortnite in numbers: $ 3 billion in profit, 125 million players and now 60fps

$ 3 billion in profit, 125 million players and now 60fps

Fortnite in numbers: $ 3 billion in profit, 125 million players and now 60fps

If you use social media on a daily basis, you have probably read or heard about Fortnite. If not incredibly, I explain quickly: it is a survival game where 100 people (real players) jump off a flying bus, fall (by parachute) on an island, collect weapons and survive. Whoever stays alive last wins.

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The game «PvP» gives Epic Games, which was the main theme of the rejected video YouTube Rewind with numerous references, it reached a new relevant milestone: a symbolic profit of $ 3 billion, achieved with 125 million players across multiple platforms.

Fortnite, which is free to download and play, has several in-game purchases, although most are just “cosmetic” – that is, it brings no gain in the game, other than the look.

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Still, as Sensor Tower pointed out, only iOS users spend $ 1.2 million on it … per day. Almost $ 400 million annually from Apple’s mobile operating system players alone.

It is so much place that you can play Fornite that there is no excuse: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Windows, macOS, iOS and, whew, Android. All of this has made Epic Games, which is not publicly traded, now worth approximately $ 15 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Technically speaking about the game, it now displays its beautiful graphics on iOS in 60fps (frames per second, or frames per second) – on iPhones released this year, it’s worth noting. This is something that has existed on consoles for a while, but that becomes relevant when it comes to cell phones.

The interesting part about this is that the developer didn’t have to put much effort into his iOS code to enable such a novelty. Thanks to the 7 nanometers of the new A12 Bionic chip – present in the XS, XS Max and XR iPhones -, the gameplay remained fluid, light and without overheating (much) iDevices.

What you may not know is that, even with a compatible device, you need to enable this function in the settings – as shown in the image below:

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This is disabled because, whether you like it or not, your battery will go faster, in addition to heating up the device.

Interestingly, Epic Games told the Eurogamer that, in theory, the iPhone X A11 Bionic chip could also run the game at 60fps. But in complex scenarios this would require a lot of the processor to render so much information, causing an unwanted heating of the cores, thus decreasing the performance in these situations; not to mention, of course, battery life.

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But the question remains: is the difference from 30fps to 60fps noticeable? In this video from Digital Foundry, with the link starting at 12:10, we see a comparison between the iPhone XR and a Razer Phone, one of the favorites for gamers the Android world, but that still doesn’t run the game at that rate; the difference is stark.

Undoubtedly, the experience of playing with a controller in your hand and having several buttons at your fingertips is different, compared to holding your phone in your hand and using only your thumbs – ignoring here those who can still play using their index fingers. But at the end of the day, it’s great to know that developers are trying to deliver the same performance and gameplay that already exists on consoles.


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Do you play Fortnite? Do you prefer Free Fire? Or don’t you enjoy long games? Comment below!

tip from Halex Pereira