“Fortnite Battle Royale” has quickly become the most popular video game in the world after launching in September 2017. The game was already being enjoyed by millions of video game fans on the PS4, Xbox One and PC, but it just launched on the iOS smartphone operating system a few days ago. Putting a survival shooter that requires a lot of skill to succeed on a mobile phone seemed like a bad idea, but “Fortnite Battle Royale” has already earned over $1.5 million dollars during its first four days on mobile devices.
“Fortnite Battle Royale” was able to quickly amass the big earning by becoming the top download in a total of 47 countries on its first day of availability. Unlike other popular mobile and console video games, “Fortnite Battle Royale” is completely free to download and play. Most of the earnings have come through the purchase of the $10 Battle Pass subscription that rewards players with special cosmetic items for their character in the game.
The massive earnings for “Fortnite” on iOS are impressive when you consider that the game is not available to everyone at the moment. Only people that have received a special invitation can download the game on their iPhone. These invitation are being limited to ensure that game runs smoothly. The game’s earnings are only going to skyrocket when everyone with a iOS or Android smartphone can get their hands on the game.
The earnings are even more impressive due to the fact that millions of people are already enjoying the game on their game console or personal computer. “Pokemon GO” had the same instant success, but that was only playable on a mobile device. Since the mobile download is just an extension of the original game, console gamers have no incentive to purchase anything through the app. All of their progress and items are instantly available once they download the mobile version. Most video game experts think the “Fortnite” phenomenon is going to die soon, but that does not look likely.