Warzone beats Fortnite and Apex Legends as most-played console shooter

US console gamers racked up over 200 million hours of play time on Warzone in a month

A Warzone operator poses with the C58 assault rifle in front of flames and destruction in the background

Call of Duty: Warzone was the most-played shooter on consoles last month according to new statistics, beating Fortnite and Apex Legends. 

In a report from games and esports analytics website Newzoo, Call of Duty: Warzone racked up 231 million total hours played across June on consoles in the US. Fortnite was second with 190 million hours, followed by Black Ops Cold War with 122 million, Apex Legends with 97.7 million, and Destiny 2 with 68.4 million. 

It’s not all bad news for Fortnite though, which had the highest average monthly sessions at 16.7, with Destiny 2 and Warzone behind at 16 and 15.7 respectively. Destiny 2 meanwhile topped the average daily playtime by some margin, with 150 minutes average per day over runner-up Warzone at 103 minutes. The high average time playtime of Destiny 2, next to its comparatively low total hours played, is likely indicative of the game’s smaller hardcore fanbase – whereas Warzone has a far bigger player base with many more casual fans.

Battle royale games were the most-played genre with an average monthly playtime of 28.3 hours, while sports games were second with 26.1 hours. The highest daily playtime however goes to adventure games at 124 minutes – indicating fewer, longer play sessions. 

It’s important to note these statistics don’t take into account console gamers outside the US, which could potentially shift positions of certain games quite drastically. This data also doesn’t count playtime on the Nintendo Switch, possibly dimming the numbers of Fortnite and Apex Legends.

The dominance of Warzone however shouldn’t be a surprise. Call of Duty’s take on the battle royale genre has fundamentally changed the franchise because of its overwhelming popularity, having topped 85 million players by the end of 2020.