Statistics show that gamers prefer to play older titles like Fortnite

Show up every day new games: The online stores for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch are full of them – and let's not even get started on the countless titles that flood Steam every hour.


Now you would think that players would not only be happy about this, but that diverse offering also use it: After all, new is always better – right? Current statistics speak a different language and from a majority who have their time prefer with older titlesspends. At the forefront? Free multiplayer like Fortnite or Roblox.

Gamers prefer long-running favorites like Fortnite instead of new games

The statistics mentioned come from the Dutch company Newzoo, a gaming data research company. The so-called PC & Gaming Report 2024 now highlighted, among other things, which titles the players enjoyed last year on which platforms. There were of course a few new games, but the list is dominated by older calibers, some of which even more than seven years old are.

In first place in terms of MAU (monthly active users) is the PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch Fortnite, the third-person shooter from Epic Games. On the PC follow Roblox and Minecraftwhen it comes to consoles, apart from the handheld hybrids, GTA 5 made comfortable in second place. There are new games in the meantime especially on the Switch represent.


With Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom or Super Mario Bros Wonder Two new releases made it onto the podium in 2023, followed by others Mario Kart 8 Deluxeand Minecraft but also old camels. A look at the average age of the most played games shows that older candidates are particularly popular on the PC, while Nintendo's console is too younger representatives tends.

Overall, players have more than 60 percent of the accumulated playing time was spent on titles that are older than six years and five of them (namely Fortnite, Roblox, League of Legends, Minecraft and GTA 5) even account for 27 percent of the total time. Not a surprising conclusion given their popularity, but the statistics show again how underrepresents new games in comparison – and that, although there are a lot of exciting titles coming out in April.