Fortnite has finally topped PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds by reaching a new peak concurrent player count of 3.4 million players on February 4th, according to a recent announcement from developer Epic Games. As comparison, PUBG‘s current peak player count is 3.24 million, according to Steam Charts.
This new record for Fortnite (which includes both the base tower-building survival game and the free-to-play Battle Royale spin-off) came at the cost of service outages as Fornite‘s servers buckled under the weight of all those players connecting to them at once.
To be fair, Fortnite‘s 3.4 million concurrent players came from PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while PUBG‘s current record only includes PC players who actually spent money on the game, so it’s not like Fortnite has completely usurped the battle royale fiefdom.
On the other hand, PUBG‘s popularity may have, in fact, peaked. The game recently experienced a decline in average concurrent players for the first time ever on Steam, with some attributing the change to Tencent’s imminent release of an official Chinese version.
Epic seems to be doubling-down on its commitment to Fortnite, as it recently announced that it’s shutting down its MOBA, Paragon, in order to focus its resources almost entirely on Fortnite. Hopefully, it will resolve these stability issues before its special events kick off next week on Valentine’s Day.
Fortnite is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.