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Fortnite Battle Royale Breaks YouTube Record for Live Stream Viewership

March 27, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Fortnite Battle Royale

Video game streaming as spectator entertainment is becoming more and more mainstream, and Fortnite is proving to be at the forefront of that. YouTube executive Ryan Wyatt confirmed on Monday that the popular multiplayer shooter broke a YouTube record for live streaming viewership with 1.1 concurrent streamers on Sunday, with 42 million live views for a Fortnite Battle Royale tournament. You can see his post below.

The tournament lasted over three hours and involved 100 players. Among the players was Spanish player elRubiusOMG, who has over 28 million subscribers by himself.

Fortnite Battle Royale was released in early access last year. The free-to-play shooter is set in contemporary Earth, where the sudden appearance of a worldwide storm causes 98% of the world’s population to disappear, and zombie-like creatures rise to attack the remainder. The game, a spinoff of the main Fortnite, sees players attempt to become the last person standing while staying in a consistently-shrinking zone and scavenging for armor and weapons to take the other players out with.

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