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Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am 2019’s Twitch viewership might surprise you

Published: 17/Jun/2019 16:29 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 16:56

by Eli Becht


Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am viewership on Twitch is down greatly, 72% to be exact, when compared to last year’s viewership at the event, leading many to wonder what the future of competitive Fortnite looks like.

The first Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am held at E3 2018 was a huge success for Epic Games as the event was able to bring 1.5 million viewers on just Twitch alone. 

This was when Fortnite popularity was at an arguably all-time high for viewers and was in the midst of Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins record-breaking growth on Twitch.

Ninja and his partner EDM artist Marshmello, who was not at this year’s event, came away with the victory. However, things played out much different this year. 

Epic GamesTilted Towers is gone along with the viewers?

Fortnite has since begun to cool off on Twitch, something that’s to be expected as a game ages and newer things come out. Epic’s battle royale title is still usually a top game on Twitch so it’s not like it has fallen off completely, but viewership is down.

While the first Pro-Am brought in 1.5 million viewers, that number peaked at 427,000 this year, not even one-third of the viewership, according to GitHyp

GitHypFortnite viewership at the Pro-Am last year was much higher.

What happened?

A variety of factors come into play, with one of the main ones being Fortnite’s popularity isn’t at the same level as it was a year ago.

Another factor could be that the competitive scene has shifted so much and it might not result in a pleasant viewing experience anymore. Fortnite pro Airwaks came home with the trophy this time around, someone who doesn’t nearly have the same sort of popularity as Ninja does, who came in 19th.

Fortnite is still working to prove itself as an esport and with a shifting meta seemingly every week, it has resulted in a bumpy experience with many pros blasting what has been happening to the game.

This could just be a minor bump in the road but if viewership remains low for the World Cup in New York City then Epic Games might have a problem on their hands.


Epic confirms Fortnite World Cup 2021 has been canceled

Published: 5/Dec/2020 5:55

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Epic Games has confirmed that they have “no plans” for any live events next year, including Fortnite World Cup 2021, all but canceling the event. It’s something many fans expected but still feared, even though most understand it’s necessary.

Fortnite’s competitive scene is one of many that have been rocked in 2020. It was something nobody anticipated or expected, at least, in terms of how severe an impact it would have on the world.

Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet, and that means there’s still a spanner in the works. Epic Games has decided it’s still too risky to host live events anytime soon.

They’ve opted to cancel all live events in 2021, including the Fortnite World Cup. They laid it all out in their latest blog post.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
Matthew McDermott
The Fortnite World Cup is the premier event in the Fortnite competitive scene.

“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff,” they said. It’s a sentiment that other organizations have shared.

“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in 2021, including a Fortnite World Cup,” they added. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any competitions at all.

“We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future,” they said. 

It’s crazy to think that we might still be a year away from seeing LAN esports events again. However, it’s a sensible decision given the circumstances.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
Nick Statt
Fortnite fans will need to wait at least another year before seeing a LAN tournament.

It’s bittersweet news for fans and players around the world. They’d love to see competitive LAN events in the Fortnite scene once again.

But at the same time, it’s good to know that Epic Games has everyone’s best interests at heart. They aren’t willing to risk anything, which is nice.