Fortnite Has Reportedly Earned More Money in 2018 Than 29 Countries

A recent report claims Fortnite has made $3 billion so far in 2018, making it more profitable than 29 countries were in 2017.

December 27, 2018

Antigua, Grenada, and Belize. All of these countries are known for their beautiful and sweeping expanses of natural land–now they’re also known for making less money than Fortnite.

Fortnite is a word that can bring about limitless joy and the sudden urge to Floss or a sense of dread, depending on where you stand. No one can deny that the game has had an amazing year. Epic Games grossed a $3 billion profit from Fortnite, according to a report from publication TechCrunch. The company did not respond to a request for comment on that figure.

It’s hard to quantify $3 billion, so to put it in perspective–it’s more money than what 29 countries made according to the 2017 World Bank report. What’s more is that Fornite has grossed more money this year than the nine least-profitable countries put together ($2,557,000,000).

Epic Games’ Fortnite could have made more money in 2018 than quite a few more countries, but this report is only based on the game’s net profits. It’s not clear what it costs to run Fortnite if you include marketing, server maintenance, and the lot.

The company itself is valued at $15 billion, which is more than the GDP of Jamaica.

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These numbers will likely continue to rise as the game gains even more revenue post-holidays: the launch of season seven and the introduction of the latest Battle Pass are sure to drive sales even higher. As a result, Fornite has the potential to outrank even more members of the global economy. We’ll know more about how the game stacks up once we enter 2019 and finalized reports start coming in.

And it’s worth noting that we don’t know how the incoming lawsuits may affect Epic Games’ bottom line. Within the past month we’ve seen pending litigation from “Backpack Kid” and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air‘s Alfonso Ribeiro for the floss dance and Carlton dance, respectively. However, legal experts are skeptical on whether either of these claims will be successful as a matter of law.

Fortnite is currently available as a free-to-play game for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.

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