In just a short span of 90 days, Fortnite: Battle Royale, the free-to-play game has made a whopping $100 million on iOS reported by the mobile app data analysis company Sensor Tower. This makes Fortnite, the second most successful launch of all time on iOS.
The game is free to download and play and has been able to generate excellent revenue in spite of the fact that those things that are available for purchase are trivial to the game. Players spend money on outfits, costumes and emotes that isn’t of much importance in multiplayers but is important for the people who spend a lot of money on that game.
After just 90 days of availability on iOS devices alone, Fortnite has crossed $100M in revenue. The only game Fortnite wasn’t able to beat on mobile is Clash Royale which offers the players with things for real money that gives the players an edge in the game with good cards. Although cheap, the micro-transactions add up quite fast. Fortnite was able to surpass Clash Royale during April, May, and June.
Fortnite by Epic Games has now successfully become the second-fastest app to achieve $100 million in its category. What Fortnite achieved in 90 days, Clash Royale hit that mark in 51 days. It was able to manage the fastest time from the launch to make it to the $100 million milestone on iOS in 51 days only. Fortnite, on the other hand, was able to beat Knives Out and Honor of Kings by three months at 173 and 179 days respectively.
After launching on Xbox One, PC, Mac and PlayStation 4 last year in September, Fortnite: Battle Royale came to iOS in April. It was recently launched on Nintendo Switch this month. Since its arrival, the game has become the rage in which its free of cost entry and its predecessor PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds played a significant role. In March, Fortnite was able to garner $233 million on PS4 and Xbox One making the game the most successful free-to-play console game of all time.
Fortnite is not available on Android yet but the release is expected soon this summer and when it does, it would surely boost the mobile revenue for Epic Games.
Speaking of iOS, Apple has announced that its iOS 12 update shall allow it to safely and securely share the device-based location date with 911 centers so that they can improve their response time to their users. This new feature, automatic transmission of location data when a user calls 911 is going to be quite helpful for police who were not too happy with Apple’s previous announcement of locking USB data access an hour after the device is locked that would have made iPhones, iPads, and iPods into sealed boxes. The law enforcement community was not too happy about it.
Location tracking makes people uncomfortable and with the rise of many iOS monitoring tools 2018, people have begun to wonder whether their iOS devices are safe or not. The use of various iOS monitoring tools 2018 whether they are being used for parental or employee monitoring, has raised questions regarding who has access to what information and what shall be profiled as a breach of privacy. But Apple’s new feature shall be used to save lives as well as protect property.
Along with the iOS 12 update, Apple has also announced that the iPhone users in the United States shall be able to safely share their location data with the 911 first responders. The company said in a statement that they are constantly strengthening the security protections of all the Apple products in order to assist the customers to protect themselves against hackers and identity thieves from stealing their personal data and using variety of iOS monitoring tools 2018.
Because of the transition from the landlines to smartphones, a large number of people do have phone handy in case of an emergency no matter where they are. The ability to automatically trace a caller’s location has been achieved while compromising accuracy. Apple has taken a big leap with its new mobile OS to send information to the dispatcher in order to save lives.
Apple had launched HELO Hybridized Emergency Location in 2015 which allows cell towers along with GPS and Wi-Fi access points to efficiently determine the location of the caller. California-based tech frim Cupertino intends to better the response time by utilizing the emergency technology company RapidSOS’s Internet Protocol-based data pipeline to safely and rapidly share the HELO location date with the 911 centers. The company announced that it shall become a requirement in near future as FCC requires the carriers to locate the emergency callers to within 50 meters at least 80% of the time by the year 2021. Apple already carrying out with its location services, it is making it available to the 911 centers now.
Contributed by: Julia Fernandez