Fortnite had the best year of any video game in history last year, raking in $2.4 billion in 2018.
Nielsen analytics offshoot SuperData found that Fortnite had a record-breaking year, topping the list of most profitable games by a comfortable margin. That the game reached this level of cultural saturation is not surprising to anyone who has encountered a teenager in the last year, but the money total is still impressive. It's doubly awe-inspiring when you consider that Fortnite is entirely free to play, with all of that money coming via purchases of in-game upgrades like skins and emotes.
Only one pay-to-play game landed in the top 10. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds made a little over $1 billion, easily besting the next premium title in line: FIFA 18, which generated $790 million in revenue. To be fair to the soccer giant, they split their yearly take with regular releases. FIFA 19 came in seventh with $482 million.
Though titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 had an outsized critical impact and plenty of people are still marveling at their vision of the Old West, it still came in behind the latest Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty offerings.
Now that folks know how much money Fortnite is raking in, the calls to pay their fair share are only going to get louder. Developer Epic Games has been caught stealing plenty of dances from rappers, professional dancers, internet personalities, and television characters without attribution or compensation. This has led to the game earning headlines more often for lawsuits than their impressive reach.