Travis Scott’s first virtual concert in Fortnite was not just phenomenal but it was record-breaking as revealed by the game developer Epic Games this evening. The company says that the concert was watched by 12.3 million concurrent players that participated in the game which set “an all-time record” for the battle royale game.
The previous record-holder was the Marshmello concert last year which topped 10.7 million virtual attendees in the game.
The numbers revealed by the company just count the players in the game but the event could have been seen by a bigger audience since many watched the event on streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube where streamers were broadcasting the event and the total viewership of the event will capture more growth over the coming days.
This was the first day of the event and there will be more performance through the week mentioned below:
Thursday, April 23rd, 7 PM ET
Friday, April 24th, 10 AM ET
Saturday, April 25th, 12 AM ET
Saturday, April 25th, 11 AM ET
Saturday, April 25th, 6 PM ET
Tonight’s event was not the first time a live event took place in the game of Fortnite previously the game has seen “The Original Rocket launch“, “The Mech vs Kaiju Battle“, “The Blackhole event that wiped out the entire island” and the Marshmellow Show last year was the start of how virtual concert could look like.
How the event happen:
When the show started, players could see a strange planet-like object floating towards them on a circular screen; when it got close enough, everything blew up and the performance started properly.
Really, the entire Fortnite island was the stage. During the opening song a giant Scott stomped around the island, while players could run across the water to catch a glimpse. As the tracks changed, so did the visuals. At one point everything was fiery and Scott turned into a cyborg; later it looked like everyone had been transported to Tron.
When “Highest in the Room” came on, the crowd was submerged underwater, along with a giant spaceman. There were rollercoasters and psychedelic effects and at the end players were literally flying around the planet.
The event was short, lasting around 15 minutes, but it gave us a glimpse of how virtual concert could be a real thing in the future.