Fortnite Revenue Down 48% in January and That Was Before Apex Legends Launched

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 12:45 PM
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The previously untouchable dominance of Fortnite looks as if it’s under threat. New figures published for the highest grossing titles worldwide in January 2019 has revealed Fortnite’s earnings dropped a massive 48% month on month compared to December.

Year-over-year Fortnite is still on the up, but in January 2018 Fortnite was still yet to reach its peak craziness. "This comes after a peak month in December and points to an increasingly lumpy revenue profile heading into 2019" reads the report from market researcher SuperData.

While there’s little doubt Fortnite is still making absolute bank, these figures are also for the month before Apex Legends launched. Respawn’s multiplayer shooter has been making serious waves, hitting 25 million players within just a week of its launch. Make no mistake, Apex Legends may not be eating Fortnite’s lunch but it’s definitely stealing a Cheestring or two.

It all means that Fortnite was no longer the top-earner in January 2019 on any platform. Those honours go to Dungeon Fighter Online on PC, FIFA 19 on console, and Honour of Kings on Mobile.

Overall spend was down 6% year-on-year, suggesting a market contraction. The biggest dip was on PC, with spending dropping 29% globally. There are various things to blame here but the obvious point is the disappointing sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Online being absolutely atrocious, and Fortnite simply consuming a whole lot of gamers’ attention over the past year.

Is Fortnite's time in the sun over? Is Apex going to be a flash-in-the-pan success? Where do gamings' big money-makers go from here? Let us know below!

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22:29 Feb-26-2019

I got to say that I didn't really research it, but I got that feeling like epic is doing the best they can to make Fortnite seem more popular than it really is. I'm pretty sure the actualy player count has decreased massively over the past 6 months.

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20:51 Feb-26-2019

Im quite pleased to see that dungeon fighter online is 1# on pc, its a great game that deserves it.

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21:03 Feb-25-2019

Am I the only one who's never heard of that game on the first place on PC?

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00:59 Feb-26-2019

ikr, never heard of it before

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15:28 Feb-26-2019

not only the first one i haven't heard of the third or forth one either i mean crossfire doesn't even have an Europe server anymore and wtf is world of warcraft west?

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05:14 Feb-27-2019

Yea', forgot to mention WoW West. I haven't played in almost 2 years, but last time it worked with realms, not North West East South etc.

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20:07 Feb-25-2019

I just thought why i am getting good kills and winning it. Guess what, superduper damn pro players gods left the game . Finally, some normal gamers get to improve their skills.

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14:27 Feb-25-2019

Wtf is Dungeon Fighter Online? Top grossing PC game and I’ve never heard of it before. O_o


Oh yeah, and boo hoo about Fortnite.

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21:51 Feb-25-2019

Same here. You get spammed all over the Internet about Fortnite, but not a single time about Dungeon Fighter Online. The worst part about it is that it is something in my taste and I've learned about this game just now xD

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14:09 Feb-25-2019

Meanwhile at Fortnite HQ:


Time to release PvE as free...

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14:08 Feb-25-2019

Well... guess shoveling money for paid exclusivity will have to come to and end soon. Very sad, I can't even think the damage these news will do to the PC gaming industry. /sarcasm.

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13:53 Feb-25-2019

oh no, these news broke my heart..
I'll shed a tear & light a candle...

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13:32 Feb-25-2019

I got one question. Wtf is "Dungeon Fighters online" and why is it the first earner on PC???

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14:10 Feb-25-2019

It's a beat'em up game and I would say the revenue is mostly due to the asian players.

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14:11 Feb-25-2019

Probably one of the games massively popular in Asia, most people in the West wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

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14:16 Feb-25-2019

That game looks so bad, I have no idea why so many people would choose to play it.

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15:49 Feb-25-2019

Asian market is a weird one. People out there have different tastes and and play some very strange titles. This is not a jab against them, it's just I guess interesting how very different games can be mega successful out there.
This game looks very simple visually and not that demanding. PC's there are expensive and hard to build, most people use laptops and many western games seem to have trouble circumventing Chinese censorship. That's my guess.

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16:00 Feb-25-2019

I'll download it this week and see what it's about

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16:57 Feb-25-2019

Make a review of it if possible o/

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17:20 Feb-25-2019

Sure, if I have enough money left over after the microtransactions to pay my internet bill

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20:40 Feb-25-2019

But hey, they're just player choice !

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