For two days, millions of gamers found themselves with a whole lot of free time after Epic’s Fortnite went offline. The move was planned – it happened at the end of the season, with a huge black hole sucking everything in and leaving players with nothing. For those two long days, Fortnite was just a place to watch a black hole.
And now we know a whole lotta people did indeed watch that black hole. How many people?
On Twitch, Fortnite’s black hole broke records with over 1.7 million people watching the whole bunch of not a thing going on. If you think that’s a lot, Twitter scoffs at you. The bird based platform saw 42.8 million people watching the live stream on the Fortnite account, with a high of 1.4 million concurrent viewers. On YouTube, well over 4 million gamers watched – at one point, 4.3 million viewers were all watching the event on YouTube at the same time.
According to IGN, over 7 million people watched The End live, which is a heck of a feat.
Counting up all the numbers, over 45 million people watched the first chapter of Fortnite come to an end, and a whole lot of those people spent hours watching the black hole. To give you an idea of just how wild that is, the Game of Thrones finale, which was advertised and hyped up for months on end, was watched by 19.3 million viewers. Take that, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains!
There’s no doubt that Epic took a big chance blocking players from accessing Fortnite for two days, and from the looks of it, the bet paid off big time. Overall, players are happy with the changes made for Chapter 2, with many people saying that the update has revitalized the game. Fortnite has never had a problem getting coverage and players, but The End and Chapter 2 has lead to a wave of good press. Epic is surely riding that wave, like Batman on a surfboard, all the way to the bank.