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Success of Fortnite Appears to Have Boosted Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus Revenues

Published: 3/May/2018 14:05 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:09

by Calum Patterson


New  figures from Microsoft and Sony show big increases for both Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, and it looks like the success of Fortnite was the difference maker.

At this point, Fortnite Battle Royale has firmly cemented itself as the number one game in the world, breaking records and raking in the cash – even for an entirely free-to-play game.

Fortnite itself is reported to have made $223 million in the month of March alone, which was an increase of almost $100 million over the the previous month.

However, new figures released by creators of the two biggest consoles, Xbox and PlayStation, show big increases also and it all points to Fortnite being the factor.

As reported by Forbes, Fortnite is the top grossing game on consoles and the first free-to-play game to take this crown.

In the past quarter, both Sony and Microsoft reported 29.5% and 14% more sign-ups respectively for their console memberships (PS Plus and XBL). This helped create increases of around 18% more revenue for both consoles.

However, for PlayStation players, they do not require a PS Plus membership to play, but Tom Wijman, market consultant and Newzoo is certain Fortnite is still the factor.

“It’s safe to assume that Fortnite helped grow console subscriptions in the past quarter given its massive, widespread success, and indeed, PUBG will have boosted Xbox revenues.”

Fortnite skins and daily items are a big revenue source

But not everyone agrees, as of course many Fortnite players will not be entirely new customers for the console makers. As Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter explains:

“Around 20% of Fortnite players already owned consoles, and my guess is that the vast majority of these people were already subscribers to PS Plus and XBL.”

Regadless, the success of Fortnite and its free-to-play, daily items and battle pass business model will likely be attracting the attention of plenty developers.

Fortnite is really the first to have pulled this off on console, while PC players have had the free-to-play model for some time, with games like League of Legends.

It remains to be seen if Fortnite is just an impressive exception to the rule, or if other games developers and publishers will be able to imitate.


SypherPK reveals his “wish list” for Fortnite Season 5

Published: 27/Oct/2020 0:08

by Tanner Pierce


Star Fortnite content creator SypherPK has revealed in a recent interview the changes that he would like to see implemented in the battle royale’s upcoming Season 5, which is set to launch sometime in December 2020. 

Even though it feels like Season 4 launched yesterday, S5 is already a little more than a month away, if everything goes according to plan. It’s only a matter of time before players start getting leaks and official teasers about what’s going to be included in the next iteration.

Currently, there’s next to no information about what’s coming, whether it be for the season’s theme, new features, etc. In anticipation of all the new content that’s on its way, SypherPK has revealed his short, albeit important, wish-list for the upcoming season.

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SypherPK said that he would like to see more game-changing mechanics, like fishing, in Season 5.

In a recent interview, Sypher said that, while he would love “more unique items”, one of the main things he’d like to see in Season 5 is “game-changing” features similar to what we’ve seen before.

“In past Fortnite seasons, we’ve had implementations that really change up the game,” the superstar streamer said. “Like when they first introduced Reboot Vans, when they first introduced Siphon, fishing, vehicles, picking up players.

“These are all very memorable changes that really shook up the game of Fortnite and made it better. We haven’t really seen big, significant changes like that in a while.”

In addition, he also said that he wants to see a “revamped” competitive/ranked system in the game: “Arena, right now, feels like a glorified Pub with Siphon. It doesn’t really feel like a true ranked mode. I would like to see a true ranked mode in Fortnite.”

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SypherPK also said that he would like see some changes to the Reboot system in the Ranked/Competitive mode.

One currently-existing system he would like to see tweaked is respawning, which involves players collecting their eliminated teammates’ cards and bringing them back to life via one of the many Reboot Vans located on the map.

“I’d like to see some sort of mechanic where, when you get eliminated and thirsted, you have a second chance of coming back,” he elaborated. “I’d like to see a revamp of the Reboot system; core-changing mechanics to really shake-up Fortnite. It’s been a while since we’ve have some significant changes to really alter the pace of the game.”

While it’s unknown what Epic has planned for Season 5, the developers have more than proved themselves to be capable of thinking outside of the box for Fortnite. Only time will tell, however, if this next installment satisfies SypherPK and the Fortnite player-base.