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Fortnite made almost $300 million in April

Fortnite continues amassing huge earnings on a month-to-month basis

By Derek Strickland on May 25, 2018 04:07 pm CDT - 1 min, 33 secs reading time

Battle royale sensation Fortnite continues making huge monthly revenues.

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According to SuperData's new games revenue report, Epic made a whopping $296 million in April via digital in-game purchases on all platforms. The free-to-play game's debut on mobile likely helped boost earnings due to its accessibility, and the game is set to arrive on Android this summer, which may cause another spike. Overall the shooter's earnings jumped a mighty 33% month-over-month.

Total digital video games spending grew to $9.09 billion in April, up 23% year-over-year, driven by console and mobile gaming. Console spending jumped a huge 44% thanks to Fortnite's continual success as well as Sony's latest God of War game, proving that engagement-driven live service games can co-exist with marquee singleplayer-only titles.

Fortnite's big earnings are attracting key publishers like Activision and even EA: the next Call of Duty Black Ops 4 game will have a battle royale mode, and Battlefield devs at DICE say they're experimenting with their own flavor of the gametype.

In a bid to continually churn new engagement, Epic is re-investing $100 million into Fortnite's eSports scene.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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