Return of original Fortnite map causes record traffic on Virgin Media O2 network

6 November 2023, 14:10

A screenshot of the Fortnite website
Fortnite. Picture: PA

The Fortnite OG update, which saw the popular battle royale game revive its original map, was released on Friday.

The release of the Fortnite OG update, which saw the popular game reintroduce its original map, sparked a record network surge on Virgin Media O2, the internet provider has said.

The company said that on Friday November 3, the first day the returning map was made available to play, download traffic reached 154,000 terabytes.

Virgin Media O2 said this was a 10% increase on the previous busiest day on its broadband network, which was recorded in April this year.

The network provider said video game updates and releases have dominated its busiest day rankings in recent years.

Paul Kells, director of network strategy and engineering at Virgin Media O2, said: “We’ve seen over the years that gaming and its frequent and chunky updates cause record data usage on our network.

“This has often coincided with a Call of Duty or Warzone update so it’s interesting to see that our customers and fans of Fortnite have all jumped back online in such large numbers.

“With our gigabit network, backed up by our market leading Wi-Fi guarantee, it is the perfect ally to keep gamers ahead of the game.”

Fortnite, meanwhile, remains one of the most popular online games available.

Developer Epic Games confirmed over the weekend that the launch had also broken its own records, posting to X, formerly known as Twitter, that Saturday was the “biggest day in Fortnite’s history with over 44.7 million players jumping in and 102 million hours of play”.

By Press Association

More Technology News

See more More Technology News

App Stock

Spotify to axe 1,500 jobs to cut costs


David Hockney unveils Christmas display to bring ‘joy and hope’ to Londoners

Internet Browsing Stock

Review set to scrutinise AI’s impact on porn industry

Online Fraud Charter

Top tech firms sign new Government Charter to crack down on online fraud

Microsoft offices

Microsoft to invest £2.5bn in UK to boost AI plans

Musk accused companies like Apple and Disney of engaging in the ad boycott and trying to blackmail him.

Elon Musk launches expletive rant at advertisers who boycotted his social media platform X

Technology stock

Apple names its App Store apps of the year


Generative AI ‘helping criminals create more sophisticated cyber attacks’

Someone using a mobile phone

Virgin Media O2 expands national databank scheme for Christmas

Social media apps on a smartphone

Too much social media linked to harmful behaviours in teenagers, study suggests

Bank accounts

New data powers ‘could allow DWP to snoop on pensioners’ bank accounts’

AI image generators

Teach children about using AI at secondary school, IT professionals say

Child with a laptop

Social media sites failing to stop the spread of suicide content, charity says

Technology Stock

Public warnings about AI misinformation needed before election, peers told

Smartphone with Adobe logo on the screen

£16bn Adobe takeover could harm competition in digital design market – watchdog

Person using a laptop

No ‘smoking gun’ linking mental health harm and the internet – study