Fortnite Revenue Estimated to Have Dropped 43% in September Before the Launch of Chapter 2

By Heidi Nicholas,
Fortnite's apocalyptic end to Season X and the launch of Chapter 2 was certainly memorable. The game was unplayable, Fortnite had wiped all social media, and nobody knew when it would be returning. The resulting anticipation garnered global scrutiny, and a resurgence of interest in the game. Yet the SuperData Research site estimated that the previous month had been the game's worst in terms of revenue since the year of its launch.

SuperData Research

This estimate appears to reinforce our recent article on the game's declining number of Xbox players. Using our Gameplay chart system, we found that the number of sampled players using Fortnite dropped to below 20% during September; a steep fall for a game like Fortnite. Likewise, we found that the end of Season X and the launch of Chapter 2 boosted Fortnite up to 32%, out of a player sample of 1-million. It seems that Chapter 2 came at just the right time. Unsurprisingly, SuperData's research also shows that Borderlands 3 performed well, with an estimated sale of over 3 million digital units on consoles and PCs in September.

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!
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  • I NVIII II NVIII I500,332
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 15:01Permalink
    People came back to see what happened after the black hole and then more people just didn’t want to buy the battle pass this season. It’s slowly fading out now, still.
  • supadryzsupadryz418,429
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 15:25Permalink
    Hopefully the start of the downfall of the shitest game ever made outside E.T
  • SprinkyDinkSprinkyDink1,328,530
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 15:30Permalink
    Why is this news. Almost every game will have less people then when it started like what? This game isnt anywhere near death and it isnt anywhere near not making money. Stop doing these useless news stories I feel like I've seen more and more recently. Dont mean this author specifically but I feel I keep seeing bad news stories that hardly pass for news.
  • supadryzsupadryz418,429
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 15:35, Edited on 24 October 19 at 15:37 by supadryzPermalink
    SprinkyDink said:
    Why is this news. Almost every game will have less people then when it started like what? This game isnt anywhere near death and it isnt anywhere near not making money. Stop doing these useless news stories I feel like I've seen more and more recently. Dont mean this author specifically but I feel I keep seeing bad news stories that hardly pass for news.
    Have to agree some of the news articles are becoming a little thin or pointless or sometimes a little slow at posting news
  • Posted on 24 October 19 at 15:39Permalink
    Slightly off topic: is it just me or is Roblox still being in the top 10 slightly depressing to anyone else?
  • Posted on 24 October 19 at 16:33Permalink
    Legendgenesis said:
    Slightly off topic: is it just me or is Roblox still being in the top 10 slightly depressing to anyone else?
    Not as depressing as the fact people contribute revenue to the yearly roster updates they call sports games.
  • xDaddy CakexDaddy Cake505,410
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 16:52Permalink
    supadryz said:
    Hopefully the start of the downfall of the shitest game ever made outside E.T
    number of players and the money it made and continues to make would contradict shitest game ever made.

    imo a lot of people hate on this game, just jumping of a bandwagon, i dont play fortnite battle royal side at all, but i see my kids play it and it looks fun when your playing with friends im just not into battle royal, but i dont bash it everytime i see a new article about, I have to respect what fortnite has accomplished, and i leave it at that,
  • SeitzzSeitzz682,669
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 17:41Permalink
    So this game is starting to finally show signs of going away? Fine with me!
  • SprinkyDinkSprinkyDink1,328,530
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 18:29Permalink
    Seitzz said:
    So this game is starting to finally show signs of going away? Fine with me!
    No. It isnt showing signs of going away. When a game makes say 50 million a month, and it goes down to 28 million, that doesn't mean it's going away lol.
  • supadryzsupadryz418,429
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 18:45Permalink
    xDaddy Cake said:
    supadryz said:
    Hopefully the start of the downfall of the shitest game ever made outside E.T
    number of players and the money it made and continues to make would contradict shitest game ever made.

    imo a lot of people hate on this game, just jumping of a bandwagon, i dont play fortnite battle royal side at all, but i see my kids play it and it looks fun when your playing with friends im just not into battle royal, but i dont bash it everytime i see a new article about, I have to respect what fortnite has accomplished, and i leave it at that,
    I was obviously joking but it's still shit in my eyes and from what I have seen from it I just don't understand why it's so sucssful.
  • Posted on 24 October 19 at 19:41Permalink
    supadryz said:
    Hopefully the start of the downfall of the shitest game ever made outside E.T
    facepalm
  • Clutch RinoClutch Rino746,182
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 21:16Permalink
    Game isn't even good. never understood the hype around this game
  • Redd FiveRedd Five700,335
    Posted on 24 October 19 at 22:13Permalink
    Bobblehead Joe said:
    supadryz said:
    Hopefully the start of the downfall of the shitest game ever made outside E.T
    facepalm
    Man, I loved E.T. when I was a kid. That friggen scientist scared the shit out of me! He'd follow you across screens and would carry you off once he finally caught you! Anyone who couldn't get out of the pits just didn't know how to play Atari!
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 03:57Permalink
    supadryz said:
    SprinkyDink said:
    Why is this news. Almost every game will have less people then when it started like what? This game isnt anywhere near death and it isnt anywhere near not making money. Stop doing these useless news stories I feel like I've seen more and more recently. Dont mean this author specifically but I feel I keep seeing bad news stories that hardly pass for news.
    Have to agree some of the news articles are becoming a little thin or pointless or sometimes a little slow at posting news
    Here here. Its clickbait. Here here.
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 03:58Permalink
    I am going to estimate that the person making the estimation didn't account that Fortnite's revenue is all consoles, pc and mobile.


    If they did they would see Fortnite is just fine
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 12:27, Edited on 25 October 19 at 12:28 by Elite1111111111Permalink
    Arcturus Being said:
    supadryz said:
    SprinkyDink said:
    Why is this news. Almost every game will have less people then when it started like what? This game isnt anywhere near death and it isnt anywhere near not making money. Stop doing these useless news stories I feel like I've seen more and more recently. Dont mean this author specifically but I feel I keep seeing bad news stories that hardly pass for news.
    Have to agree some of the news articles are becoming a little thin or pointless or sometimes a little slow at posting news
    Here here. Its clickbait. Here here.
    If the article is thin, you're saying you get all the info you need from the title. Wouldn't that make it the opposite of clickbait? The whole point of clickbait is they don't tell you what the article entails so you have to click it.

    Clickbait is a form of false advertisement which uses hyperlink text or a thumbnail link that is designed to attract attention and entice users to follow that link and read, view, or listen to the linked piece of online content, with a defining characteristic of being deceptive, typically sensationalized or misleading.
    I don't see anything deceptive, sensationalized, or misleading in the title. Seems very matter of fact to me.
  • StK IStK I549,737
    Posted on 25 October 19 at 14:15Permalink
    supadryz said:
    SprinkyDink said:
    Why is this news. Almost every game will have less people then when it started like what? This game isnt anywhere near death and it isnt anywhere near not making money. Stop doing these useless news stories I feel like I've seen more and more recently. Dont mean this author specifically but I feel I keep seeing bad news stories that hardly pass for news.
    Have to agree some of the news articles are becoming a little thin or pointless or sometimes a little slow at posting news
    Yeah I have no real interest in Fortnite but this article doesn't really serve a purpose, I feel like I'm reading a shampoo bottle about Fortnite
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 14:26Permalink
    StK I said:
    Yeah I have no real interest in Fortnite but this article doesn't really serve a purpose, I feel like I'm reading a shampoo bottle about Fortnite
    I feel this article was written to get eyes on the site other than that it definitely doesn't serve a purpose.

    I have suggested many times and will continue that the BLUFF method (bottom line up front) needs to be used by the new news crew.

    1st paragraph should be all achievement related. any impacts, if game has achievements etc. That way you can decide immediately if the article is one you want to read or clap your hands and say good one to get eyes on the site and move on
  • Posted on 25 October 19 at 14:45Permalink
    freedomgirl85 said:
    I feel this article was written to get eyes on the site other than that it definitely doesn't serve a purpose.

    I have suggested many times and will continue that the BLUFF method (bottom line up front) needs to be used by the new news crew.

    1st paragraph should be all achievement related. any impacts, if game has achievements etc. That way you can decide immediately if the article is one you want to read or clap your hands and say good one to get eyes on the site and move on
    What about the title doesn't clearly convey what the article is about?
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