The $3 million Fortnite: Battle Royale Pro-AM Tournament at E3 reportedly boasted some wildly impressive viewership statistics on its way to breaking records.
Taking place at the Banc of California Stadium on Tuesday, June 12th, the Fortnite Pro-AM Tournament paired 50 streamers and content creators with 50 celebrities in the first official event for the title put on by Epic Games.
Although a $3 million prize pool was implemented for the event, all of the prize money went to different charities that were chosen by the winners, with Tyler 'Ninja'Blevins and Marshmello coming out victorious and ensuring $1,000,000 to the organization of their choice.
With such a substantial amount of hype being generated for the event, fans and community members around the world tuned in to watch their favorite personalities and celebrities compete against one another, which led to a fantastic turnout.
It has been reported that the Fortnite Pro-AM managed to reach just under two million live viewers at its peak across platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Mixer.
The reported statistic makes the tournament the 'most viewed competitive gaming/ esports ever through Western platforms.'
Fortnite is doing great things for the industry, especially for the communities within esports. Fortnite is building a larger cultural connection to people in music, movies and TV. More players competing, more people watching, and entirely new people getting into video games.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) June 13, 2018
Now that Epic Games has announced the 2018-2019 Fortnite competitive season along with the 2019 'World Cup,' time will only tell how successful the game can become in the esports industry.
More information on the Fortnite Pro-Am including final placements, prize pool breakdown, and much more can be found right here.