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Fortnite's Season X Black Hole Finale Breaks Twitch's All-Time Peak Concurrent Viewer Record

After Viewer Counts Dipped for Season 9's Finale, Epic Has Pulled a Radical PR Stunt Taking Their Game Offline

October 14, 2019 by

With Fortnite struggling the past few months to compete for viewers with League of Legends and World of Warcraft, Epic’s latest in-game event has once again put the world’s most popular battle royale game back on top of Twitch.

Earlier today, Fortnite‘s end to Season 10 tried something a little different than prior season-ending events. Instead of colossal mech vs. monster fights or mysterious new objects showing up on the map, which previously lead to a decline in viewership, today’s event sucked the entire game into a black hole… and now over twelve hours later, Fortnite still hasn’t come back online.

The “game-breaking” event resulted in 1.6 million concurrent viewers watching Fortnite on Twitch – breaking the previous all-time record — which was also set by Fortnite in July 2019 with 1.5 million viewers during the game’s first World Cup.

Fortnite’s latest Twitch numbers are especially impressive considering that this is the first big event since the game’s most popular streamer, Ninja, left Amazon’s streaming platform to join Mixer. Oddly, Ninja didn’t stream the event himself on Mixer.

As Fortnite approaches almost an entire day being unavailable, viewer counts have dropped significantly to only 160k viewers during Twitch’s twilight hours… but that certainly doesn’t mean the hype has died down.

Whether the game is finally leaving Early Access with a complete overhaul or just getting a new map isn’t clear. But there’s no question that unlike how Epic has mishandled their controversial new Games Store, their Fortnite marketing team clearly knows what they’re doing.