Fortnite Mobile on iOS Doing Incredibly Well in US Despite Being Invite Only

Fortnite Mobile on iOS Doing Incredibly Well in US Despite Being Invite Only

Pick up your phone and play Fortnite. Everyone's doing it, apparently.

Fortnite Battle Royale for iOS is currently an invite-only game, but that hasn't stopped it from taking over the mobile game charts. According to app market data platform App Annie, Fortnite is the most downloaded game across several mobile markets worldwide, and it's also currently one of the App Store's top money-makers.

Right now, Fortnite is the #1 downloaded game and sixth highest-grossing game in the United States, coming in just behind Candy Crush. Those numbers only reflect the iOS version of the game; it's not hitting Android for a few months yet.

Even if you shrink it down to something capable of fitting in your pocket, Fortnite cannot be stopped.

But Fortnite's eternal rival, PUBG, isn't about to sit back and watch Epic Games rack up millions of dollars in microtransactions. PUBG Corp just soft-launched an English-language edition of PUBG Mobile on Google Play in Canada. The mobile version of PUBG seemingly plays well, which might be enough to steal away some of Fortnite's audience.

Fortnite versus PUBG is hardly where the battle royale begins and ends, so to speak. Mobile analysis site Apptopia points out some Eastern countries also play "arena" games that never gained much momentum here, including Knives Out and Rules of Survival. Talk about a bloody struggle for players—and that struggle is going to get more intense as the months pass by.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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