Fortnite Hits Its Highest Recorded Concurrent Player Peak Within One Hour of Fortnite OG’s Launch

The power of nostalgia.

by Thomas Cunliffe
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Fortnite OG, a month-long season dedicated to the nostalgia of Fortnite’s early days, is officially live and off to an explosive start. Within just an hour of the season’s launch, Fortnite reached its highest-ever concurrent player count since Epic Games made its stats public.

According to’s tracker, 3.3 million players were playing Fortnite OG at the same time in the season’s first hour. That record was broken once again within the next hour, boasting 3,913,817 players all rediscovering the magic of Fortnite’s first chapter simultaneously.

UPDATE: Epic Games has confirmed that November 4 2023 was the “biggest day in Fortnite’s history,” boasting 44.7 million players and 102 million hours played. The game reached an even higher peak with over 5.9 million after this article was originally published.

Related: Every Old Weapon, Item, and Vehicle Returning in Fortnite OG

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It’s important to note that player counts have only been trackable through Epic Games’ API since April 2023. Fortnite’s current record for concurrent players isn’t publicly available.

Fortnite OG’s player count and thirty-minute queues show just how much the community cherishes the good ‘ol days of ATKs, shopping carts, rocket launchers, and the beloved SCAR. Many players online are already advocating for Fortnite OG to be implemented as a permanent mode once the season is over, and I’m inclined to agree.

What is Fortnite OG?

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Fortnite Chapter 4 Season OG has four major updates planned, each bringing back a different phase of Fortnite’s early history into the game. Each week, old items, weapons, vehicles, locations, and game features return for a blast to the past.

Fortnite OG also features the OG Pass, a Battle Pass filled with over 50 cosmetics inspired by Chapter One. My personal favorite is Lil Split, a mashup of two of Fortnite’s most delicious skins, Peely and Lil Whip.

Screenshot: Attack of the Fanboy

The Item Shop has also been replaced with the OG Shop, sporting a design similar to the original shop. The OG Shop will feature classic skins, mashups, and a handful of brand-new cosmetics, such as the upcoming Stranger Things collab discovered in the files.

You have one month to check out Fortnite OG before Season 6, the rumored Lego Season, or whatever else Epic Games has up its sleeve once this season ends on December 2, 2023, at 10 pm ET.

- This article was updated on November 5th, 2023

About The Author

Thomas has been a freelance writer since 2021 and considers himself a connoisseur of all things Nintendo, Blizzard, and Marvel. Since amassing 145,000+ followers on a Facebook page about Diddy Kong with a backward hat in 2015, Thomas has become a trusted voice in the gaming community across publications such as AOTF, PC Invasion, and Gfinity. His greatest achievements include catching every Pokémon, completing every quest in World of Warcraft (yes, all of them), and naming his dog 'Mass Effect 3.' Thomas is extraordinarily passionate about the video game industry and its community. He enjoys writing about various topics, including popular games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, and WoW, and exploring the latest AAA and indie titles.