Fortnite's latest season-ending event shatters previous records.
Fortnite: Battle Royale returned to the mainstream spotlight after its record-breaking Chapter 2 – Season 4 season-ending event, dubbed Devourer of Worlds. Marvel Comics supervillain Galactus invaded Fortnite's map, forcing Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine and millions of players to spring into action. The event itself was a spectacle to witness, and it resulted in the ultimate unknown of Season 5. After the dust settled from another successful in-game event, Epic Games and company confirmed the event's attendance. A whopping 15.3 million players participated in the Devourer of Worlds event as Fortnite moves into Chapter 2 – Season 5.
15.3 Million Attended, 3.4 Million Watched
We defeated him! A record 15.3 million concurrent players joined forces in our biggest event ever to fight back Galactus in today's in-game event, while more than 3.4 million cheered and watched on @YouTubeGaming and @Twitch! pic.twitter.com/IAcNpcPKEw
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 2, 2020
Fortnite's official Twitter account released its viewership and attendance numbers earlier this evening.
“We defeated him! A record 15.3 million concurrent players joined forces in our biggest event ever to fight back Galactus in today's in-game event,” the tweet read. This number is an astounding increase from Travis Scott's Astronomical in-game concert from April, which pulled 12 million players. Chapter 2 – Season 2's “The Device” season-ending event also garnered 12 million in-game attendants. Perhaps the hype behind Galactus as a threat to Fortnite's map mixed with Marvel Comics caused the numbers to skyrocket. Whatever the case may be, Fortnite continues to carry itself as a front running video game title over three years after its release.
Viewership on streaming platforms YouTube and Twitch dipped significantly, however. 3.4 million tuned in to watch Galactus face off against some of the top streamers across the globe, including the likes of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff, Jack “CouRageJD” Dunlop and countless others. The Device event from two seasons ago managed 8.4 million viewers, and Travis Scott's concert pulled 45 million. The 3.4 million number might not account for other platforms such as Facebook Gaming, which holds a sizable number of creators who streamed Devourer of Worlds. The inflated attendance number could also indicate that more players wanted to experience the event in-game instead of watching someone's live stream.
Bueno, pues esto es lo que me marca Twitch sobre el directo de hoy. No sé si han sido 660.000 en realidad, más, menos, mañana me confirmarán…
En cualquier caso se convierte en el directo más visto de mi vida y el record mundial de un streamer en Twitch.
No tengo palabras. 💜 pic.twitter.com/oxTixNgWAD
— Grefg =) (@TheGrefg) December 1, 2020
Spanish streamer and Team Heretics owner – TheGrefg – broke Twitch's live viewership record with 660K during the Marvel event. He surpassed Ninja's previous record of 652K watchers when he and Drake teamed up to play Fortnite. Epic Games' historical Battle Royale entry continues to break its own records with each passing season. A lot of effort goes into these catastrophic events, and it shows.
What's Next for Epic Games and Fortnite?
Status: Galactus defeated! Thanks for your efforts.
Fortnite is currently in a prep state for Chapter 2 – Season 5 (v15.00). Server downtime for the update begins December 2 at 12 AM ET (05:00 UTC) and is expected to run until approx. 4 AM ET (09:00 UTC). Stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/yvTdmpOwx7
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) December 1, 2020
Epic Games is currently in the process of dropping Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 5. It's not clear at this point if Season 5 marks the end of the Marvel storyline or not. One thing is for sure, though, the success of Fortnite: Battle Royale continues in an unprecedented fashion. Epic Games will continue to raise the bar and one-up themselves with more intricate and exciting live events.
Stay tuned to ESTNN for more Fortnite news and updates, including everything you need to know about Season 5!
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