The Most Fortnite-Obsessed States in 2019

Fortnite states map
Tyler Abbott
Staff Writer, Mobile & Wireless
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August 15, 2019
2 min read

We’ll be honest—our original idea was to find the most popular video games in every state. It felt like a good idea at the time, but then the results came in. Turns out our entire country is buck-wild about Fortnite. (This probably should have been obvious, because everybody out there is flossing these days.).

Love it or hate it, the Fortnite moment continues to sweep our country. But which states are the most Fortnite-obsessed?

Top 5 most Fortnite-obsessed states

  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • Alabama
  • Georgia

Whatever people say about your states, you can always respond with: “Oh yeah? Well, at least we play a lot of Fortnite.” That’ll show ‘em.

Observations from the data

  • Fortnite is the most popular game in every single state, beating out titles like Minecraft, League of Legends, and Overwatch. There are over 250 million active players on Fortnite. You could form a country consisting purely of Fortnite players. Imagine how rad the dance clubs would be.
  • Mississippi, New Jersey, Illinois, Alabama, and Georgia have the biggest Fortnite obsession. What do these states have in common? They all have really hot summers and it’s better to stay inside? That sounds about right.
Streaming playing Fortnite

Image from cloakzy’s Twitch stream

  • Alaska is the least interested in Fortnite. You’re probably assuming this has something to do with the lower population, but nope. Fortnite carried only 42% of the vote in Alaska, which is fairly low compared to Mississippi’s 61%.
  • Fortnite reportedly grossed a $3 billion profit in 2018. Let’s convert that to a number we all can understand—$3 billion converts to about 750,000,000,000 V=Bucks. With that you could buy the Leviathan skin, the Taro and Nara of the Storm Familiars set, Flytrap skin, Raven skin, Hime skin . . . I’ll just stop.

Okay, but what about games that aren’t Fortnite?

Easily the biggest runner-up to the Fortnite domination is Minecraft. Want to know the state where Minecraft is the most popular? Idaho. It doesn’t sound like a bad life, right? Hike some beautiful trails, munch some delicious potato chips, and unwind with tons of Minecraft.

But what about people who don’t like Fornite? We know you’re out there! If you’re a fan of Minecraft, League of Legends, Overwatch, or Destiny 2, listen up. These are the top states for these other most popular video games:

Popular video game data

Minecraft:

  1. Idaho
  2. Montana
  3. Maine
  4. Utah
  5. Wyoming

League of Legends:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Washington
  4. District of Columbia
  5. California

Overwatch:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Oregon
  4. Washington
  5. Alaska

Destiny 2:

  1. Washington
  2. North Dakota
  3. Oregon
  4. Alaska
  5. New Hampshire

Fortnite versus Minecraft

Remember when Nintendo and Sega were the two superpowers vying for video game dominance? Yeah, me neither. Well, now it’s Fortnite and Minecraft that are locked in an immortal struggle for the most popular video game in the country.

(In very Nickelback voice) Just look at this graph:

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Fortnite was towering over the competition for months, and then slowly but surely, Minecraft, that old wily green creeper, has crept back into contention. Meanwhile, League of Legends is just flatlining down there. You can do it, old buddy! Sorry I don’t play you anymore.

It's Fortnite's world and we’re just living in it

Fortnite is overwhelmingly the most popular video game in the entire country. Fortnite won in literally every single state by a landslide. But we can’t help wondering how much longer Fortnite will rule the roost. Guess we’ll have to see!

Like anything in popular culture, video games are all about the latest trends. Battle royales are undoubtedly the hottest genre right now for the time being and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

And no matter how long Fortnite sticks around, at least we all learned some new dance moves.

Tyler Abbott
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Tyler Abbott
Tyler has been obsessed with watching sports as efficiently as possible since the creation of the DVR. He is always on the lookout for the best tech in TV and wireless so he can watch all the sports and still have enough time to hang out with his baby. He has written about streaming, wireless, and TV for over three years. He hopes the Lakers will eventually get better.

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