Fortnite Claims ‘Most Annual Revenue in Video Game History’

According to GameInformer, Fortnite earned $2.4 Billion last year. The game turned into an overnight sensation after being released in July 2017. Since then, our favorite characters have graced the covers of novels, become collectible figurines, and even have their own version of Monopoly.

Despite the fact that Fortnite is free to download and play, it has generated this incredible revenue with skins, emotes, and season passes that allow gamers to customize their characters and unlock exclusive content.

You can read more about last year’s game revenue here.

2 thoughts on “Fortnite Claims ‘Most Annual Revenue in Video Game History’”

  1. Honestly, I feel like the biggest reason that Fortnite has succeeded so wildly actually has nothing to do with Fortnite’s content or even Fortnite’s freemium business model. It’s the openness and honesty that Epic has with its fans: they admit when something they tried failed, remove it or rework it, and try again. In today’s gaming world, you won’t find many other game studios that will do that, and all the others are going to be operating on a much smaller scale than Epic.


    1. I would argue that it does have at least some to do with the content. I brought my Xbox to school this semester and have been playing a lot of fortnite and, to be completely honest, I have been playing it a lot more than other games due to the different tiers you can get to. Without that motivation to unlock the next reward and the quirky challenges like “Win a dance battle an an abandoned mansion” or “Find seven chilly gnomes” that add another layer of quirkiness to the game, I wouldn’t play it nearly as much as I do. And the fact that you can buy a season pass to earn more content than if you were a free player has been the main source of revenue for the game. Players love the ability to customize their characters and I know people who have dropped some serious money on VBucks to buy all the outfits and accessories for their characters.


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