Fortnite’s latest live event was watched by more than 20m people, developer Epic Games has said.
On Monday night, the popular battle royale game held a live in-game event where players saw several key elements of the game map transformed.
After an object known as The Device was activated, the electrical storm which surrounds the game map and is used to mark its shrinking boundaries during a game has now be turned into water, while The Agency, a prominent building on the game’s island map, has been destroyed.
We were overwhelmed by the response to The Device. At 12M players in-game, we capped participation for stability while 8.4M more watched live on Twitch + YouTube. As we push the edge of what live-events can be, we’re improving systems so more of you can experience them in-game. pic.twitter.com/YTycsB1Zoh— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 16, 2020
Following the event, Epic tweeted to confirm that 12m players had watched the event live inside the game, with more than eight million others following on video platforms YouTube and Twitch.
Fortnite has a tradition of hosting large-scale in-game events – often to mark new seasons.
It has previously hosted a rocket launch, giant robot and monster fight, and had a black hole which swallowed the entire island, while Travis Scott has also held a concert inside the game.
Epic Games also confirmed that the next season of Fortnite – Chapter 2, Season 3 – would launch on Wednesday, having posted several teasers to its Twitter feed about the update.
6.17.2020 pic.twitter.com/gsTCasHPvG— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) June 16, 2020
The 100-person, last-player-standing game has become one of the most popular video games in the world in recent years, amassing hundreds of millions of players and even leading other gaming franchises, including Call Of Duty, to introduce their own take on battle royale gameplay in response to Fortnite’s traction among gamers.