Fortnite: Battle Royale isn’t ready to fade into the background just yet, while its newest challenger has hit a bump in the road.
SuperData just published its monthly look at worldwide gaming revenue for March, and it contains the usual suspects for free-to-play PC games: League of Legends is at #2, Fortnite at #5, World of Tanks at #6, Dota 2 at #7, and Apex Legends at #9, down three spots from its debut month of February. Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale was also the #6 game on consoles in March, down from #4 the previous month, while Fortnite also slipped one notch, from #2 to #3.
Another analysis — this one of stream viewing habits — paints a similar picture. StreamElements’ State of the Stream has issued a quarterly report detailing hours watched for various games on Twitch. Fortnite has maintained its #1 spot from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019, despite being down 8.34% between quarters. League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are all up, while Apex Legends cruises onto the chart at #3, behind only Fortnite and LoL.
Things look a little worse for Apex when you look at the monthly results, however. While it initially surged way past Fortnite, including a week where it set the record for hours watched per week, at 40 million, it dropped below Fortnite’s viewership around the start of March. By the end of the month, it was averaging only about half of Fortnite’s viewers.
And oh yeah, Grand Theft Auto V was resurgent during the quarter, thanks to some high-profile streamers engaging in role-playing shenanigans. Not bad for a five-year-old game. We’ve embedded all the relevant charts below: