Gears 5 Is the First Game to Dethrone Fortnite As the Most-Played Game on Xbox Live in Over a Year

Fortnite has been on top of the world for a long, long time now. It’s claim to being the most popular game in the world as things stand right now remains undisputed, and since the summer of 2018, it has constantly been on top of the weekly charts for Xbox Live’s most played games. However, as spotted by a user on ResetEra, that run has come to an end.

Currently, Gears 5 is the most played game on Xbox Live, and has become the first game in over a year to dethrone Fortnite.

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lxeasy11d ago

Dethroning Fortnite is impressive! Congrats to The Coalition once again on making a superb game.

b163o111d ago

Congrats, I'm not a Xbox guy but I recognized great achievements...

ilikestuff11d ago

Game looks good, I always liked the gears of war games. Good for them

SierraGuy11d ago

Not really most fortnite players are on PS4.

Kiwi6611d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Do you not understand that this article is about the top played game on Xbox One


No it really is quite an achievement. Fortnite has been #1 on live for months (years?)

lxeasy11d ago

Not really most fortnite players are on PC

timotim11d ago

That's a big deal. We will have to see what The Coalition comes up with to give it lasting legs. Already the most robust game this year.

SyntheticForm11d ago

It's definitely got that full package feel. Horde is a blast, Escape is a blast - it's just a damn fun game.

It's great as it is, but the more the better.

timotim11d ago

Oh I agree. But Fortnite is Fortnite because its constantly adding to and feeding its fanbase. The package there currently is brilliant, but they must constantly add to it and change things up if they want a healthy community for years to come.

King_Noctis11d ago

Single player is also superbly made. There are alot to like.

HentaiElmo11d ago

Well Xbox fans been starving for the big 3 halo gear forza of course it would dethrone a old game like fortnight I would be surprised if it didn’t and a bit offended too.

SyntheticForm11d ago

There's nothing "of course" about it. Fortnite is a monster.

Gears 5 being fresh doesn't mean overcoming Fortnite is some sort of given.

Yet, it happened and that's a good thing.

Nebaku11d ago

You might have a point if Fornite was an Xbox exclusive, but it's not. For as undeniably popular as it is, it's on numerous consoles and platforms. If one of the only exclusive games coming to Xbone, can't top it on even that one platform for a week or two, that's pretty pathetic.

NarutoFox11d ago

Gamepass has a lot to do with it too

timotim11d ago (Edited 11d ago )


😆😆😆So you think XGP trumps the FREE version of Fortnite!?!? I mean even free beats $2-80 right???

And so what if XGP has something to do with it. Microsoft WANTS IT that way haha. That's why they created it. That's why they put their AAA games on it day and have something to do with it! All you done is provide why XGP is such a great value for gamers.

TK-6611d ago


You think a the biggest game of this generation being overthrown (even if temporary) was because of Gamepass? Guess Gamepass really is super successful then lol.

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NarutoFox11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

"Currently, Gears 5 is the most played game on Xbox Live, and has become the first game in over a year to dethrone Fortnite."

Probably because it's the only great AAA exclusive that Microsoft release in almost 2 years. Unless you call Sea of thieves and Crackdown 3 great and that's subjective and a matter of opinion. The fans was definitely waiting to play this game just like they can't wait to play Halo Infinite.

timotim11d ago

Probably because its a great game and gamers love to play great games?

And please stop saying I've already told you previously, Forza Horizon 4 is one of this generations best games and it came out a year ago.

NarutoFox11d ago


I don't think Forza was ever the most played game even on gamepass

timotim11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

I dont know if it was or wasn't...but what does that have to do with your statement being "probably because it's the only great AAA exclusive that Microsoft release in almost 2 years"??? That comment is false...plain and simple. Regardless if FH4 dethroned Fortnite or not is here nor there. FH4 is one of this generations best games.

We know FH4 was the fastest selling Forza title ever. We know their has been over 13 million players. We know its currently sitting at a 92 on Meta. Tons of evidence that goes against your statement/opinion.

King_Noctis11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Bored because of nothing great to play since last year, Naruto?

By the way, was Forza Horizon 4 a myth or something? I could have sworn it was released last year and won racing game of the year. But it wouldn’t fit your “Xbox haz no good gaem for two years” theory right?

NarutoFox11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

13 million players? It should be more since it's on two platforms. Was this the combination of players on PC and Xbox one? Were most players on gamepass? Regardless Forza is a good game but we are stilll talking about the same games Gears, Forza, and Halo. Same trend. Can we talk about a new exclusive that stands out on Xbox one and not old titles from early 2000s tick tock⌛⌛

timotim11d ago

Abd we are still talking about how your statement was wrong! You flee from one talking point to the next, everytime I shut one down...all of it rooted in the console wars. Now 13 million players is some how bad haha...noticed you ignored the 92 on Meta, the fact that it won Racer of the Year, and how it was the fastest selling Forza of all time...yet you have to once again flee to the one thing you feel you can attack...all the while, completely ignoring why we are having this conversation to begin trying to make it seem like Gears 5 is the only AAA Microsoft has released in the past 2 years...if you want to respond, start by admitting you were wrong...

NarutoFox11d ago (Edited 11d ago )

Delusional 😂

Xbox one is about to be in last place this generation. Just like every generation because it keeps relying on the same games generation after generation. Gears, Forza, Halo 🙄😏

timotim11d ago

Whatever place they are in is what place they are in...again, what does that have to do with "it's the only great AAA exclusive that Microsoft release in almost 2 years"??? Now you've fleed the last talking point to now talking about who's last in the console hardware...more console war banter from you I see, the bases of all your points.

Gears 5 is getting love because its a great game...Forza Horizon 4 is STILL getting love because its also a great game. You have failed to back up your points and only look to flee to the next talking point instead of admitting you were wrong.

And just so you know...WiiU was Nintendo's console this generation...Switch is their next gen console that they were first to launch. WiiU has already failed and is destined to last in hardware sales (not that it matters at all). No do overs Sir...

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Zeref11d ago

Dude not even GTA 5 could do it. And that's a bigger game that Gears.

Nice try.

xX-oldboy-Xx11d ago

But GTA5 is not an exclusive - excluisive matter, the proof is in the pudding.

badz14910d ago

and GTAV is a 6 years old game

SyntheticForm11d ago

Nice. Gears 5 has been an absolute joy to play. Keep the Locust coming and the coffee hot.

Traecy11d ago

Now I'll commend that!!! Good for MS!

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