Fortnite Chapter 2’s Black Hole was “most viewed gaming event ever”

Published: 24/Oct/2019 2:06 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 3:16

by Isaac McIntyre


The season-ending Fortnite event ‘The End,’ which saw the battle royale’s long-standing map and the title sucked into a black hole for two days, was the “most viewed gaming event ever” across Twitch, YouTube, and Twitter, according to Epic Games.

In one of the biggest moves Fortnite has ever seen, Epic Games made the bold call to literally wipe the battle royale’s map from existence to close out Season 10, before taking the game offline and going dark on social media.

The groundbreaking event saw millions glued to streams on their computers and phones as they watched a 48-hour broadcast of a black hole, waiting for any news of where Fortnite had gone, and what Chapter 2 would eventually look like.

As it turns out, it may have been one of the most-watched video game events in history, with Epic revealing more than 1.7 million Twitch viewers tuned in to either the game’s official Fortnite stream, or their favorite content creators, during the event’s peak.

“That’s the platform’s peak concurrent record on a single game category,” the game developers proudly told The Verge in regards to the event’s record-breaking broadcast numbers.

Epic GamesFortnite was temporarily destroyed by a black hole during The End.

On Twitter, the numbers exploded to similar levels, peaking at 1.4 million concurrent spectators. The black hole garnered more than 50 million minutes watched, and 42.8 million views in total, making it the “most viewed gaming event on Twitter,” according to Epic.

Both Twitch and Twitter were dwarfed by YouTube’s massive popularity during the two-day livestream, with the website hitting 4.3 million concurrent viewers across all channels.

While Fortnite’s record-breaking moment clocked up the biggest live viewer count for any gaming event, the black hole was left behind by one of pop’s biggest names.

Beyoncé currently holds the record for the most concurrent viewers in a live YouTube event, with Queen B cracking more than 458,000 for her 2018 appearance at Coachella, which the music and arts festival aired in its entirety.

Beyonce, NetflixPop queen Beyoncé has Fortnite beat in regards to YouTube’s concurrent viewers record.

Fortnite certainly still holds the crown for gaming moments, however, with Epic’s daring event even shattering recent esports viewing records, which have been on the rise in recent times, as well as other past moments for the globally-popular battle royale.

In comparison, Tyler ‘League of Legends World Championship hit a 2.1 million viewer-high during a do-or-die group stage clash between SK Telecom T1 and Royal Never Give Up on October 13, according to EsportsCharts.

Epic has not yet revealed how many players were in-game when the black hole event first began, but considering the hype that was built around the mysterious ‘The End’ moment for the game, it’s likely a significant portion of the player base logged on to see it live.

Epic GamesFortnite is forging new ground with Chapter 2 following its black hole event.

And now, Fortnite seems to be once again rising in popularity. While major streaming stars like Dr Disrespect, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, and Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney all seem to have grievances with Chapter 2, it’s clear the event has breathed new life into the battle royale.

Now it’s just a waiting game to see if Epic, or any other game developers, can bring out something that will top the record-breaking moment that was The End.


Relive the Fortnite Galactus live event: full replay, HD images, recap

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:20 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 23:51

by Tanner Pierce


Fortnite’s Galactus Nexus War finale event is finally over and it was packed full of a ton of Marvel-themed content. Here’s what went down during the insanely hyped event that closed off Season 4 of the popular game.

For a while now, Epic Games, Marvel, and the Fortnite community have been hyping up a brand new event to close out Chapter 2, Season 4 of Fortnite. Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, had been slowly inching his way towards the island all season and on December 1, 2020, he finally arrived.

But what happened once he finally showed up to the Fortnite island? Did players have to fight him like we originally thought? Here’s what you need to know about what went down during the Nexus War finale event in case you missed it.

Fortnite Galactus Nexus War finale event recap

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Galactus wasted no time in destroying the Helicarrier at the start of the event.

All in all, the event itself was pretty short, clocking in at a little over 10 minutes when all was said and done. Still, there was a ton that happened during that span.

Once the in-game timer reached zero, the giant Galactus made his final push to the island. After declaring that he hungered, he destroyed the Helicarrier starting location with ease, sending you and all the other players flying across the sky.

Fortunately, Iron Man-himself flew in as you got close to hitting the ground, handing you a jetpack and telling you that it’s time to stop Galactus. Before you had a chance to do anything, however, the massive villain started consuming Zero Point, which started a “full reality collapse”.

After being transported by Iron Man, you reappeared, in first-person, inside of a Battle Bus decked out in weaponry and explosives. From that point on, your goal was to fly the Buses into Galactus and have him consume them, which ultimately sent him back to “where he came from.”

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In order to defeat Galactus, players had to drive Battle Buses decked out in weaponry and explosives towards the villain so that he would consume it.

A few Marvel characters even made small appearances, including Thor himself (who was one of the main characters this season) and even Wolverine, who helped you in the fight against Galactus.

After finally destroying a plethora of drones and getting close enough, Galactus got sent back to where he came from, you were teleported away to safety, and the event ended.

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Players were joined by both Thor and Wolverine during the event, who helped in taking down Galactus.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Marvel if there wasn’t a “post-credits scene.” After the event was over and Galactus got taken care of, players got a shot of Jonesy in his office, who wakes up suddenly before the screen says that the story is to be continued in Season 5.

Re-watch the entire Fortnite Galactus event

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to catch a re-run of the event inside of Fortnite itself, it seems like that’s not going to be possible. Epic Games has confirmed that it was a “one-time-only” event so if you missed out, you won’t be able to experience it again in-game.

However, we did record the entire experience, so can rewatch it as many times as you want:

What’s next?

Now that the Galactus event is over, Epic Games have confirmed that the Season 5 update will be released at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, with the downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans will get to see what the devs have in store for them to enjoy!