Has Fortnite, the videogame phenomenon that's sucked kids into screens and driven parents crazy in the process, finally peaked? The sensation from Epic Games, which took the gaming world by storm this year, showing slowing revenue growth, up just 2% from June to July according to research firm SuperData. A deceleration compare to its usual month-to-month jump, like when it lept to 7% from April to May.
Its slowing growth coming despite the July release of new addition called Fortnite Season 5. Could it be that gamers are growing weary of its violent virtual world? To be fair, Fortnite is still the top grossing title on consoles, include Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The competition is so intense the Wall Street Journal reports that some parents have gone so far as to hire coaches for kids who don't think their Fortnite skills are up to snuff.
Some hoping they can even earn big bucks as professional gamers who livestream their matchups on Amazon's Twitch. But there's always the risk of going too commercial. A new line of toys, due in December, will further test Fortnite's muscle.