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Has Fortnite peaked on Twitch? Viewership numbers begin to decline

Published: 23/Oct/2018 12:24 Updated: 23/Oct/2018 15:05

by Calum Patterson

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Fortnite, undoubtedly the most popular game in the world for the better part of the past 12 months, seems to be in somewhat of a decline in terms of Twitch viewership, as we head into the fall season of new game releases.

After releasing the battle royale mode in late September 2017, Fortnite’s popularity grew not only in players but also spectators, as millions tuned in to watch the game played by streamers and YouTubers.

The two biggest peaks in independent Twitch stream history (Ninja playing with Drake, and Ninja’s Las Vegas Fortnite tournament), were both Fortnite gameplay oriented, but its momentum may be losing steam.

Even after Ninja’s record breaking streams, Fortnite continued to dominate Twitch, with more streamers and the start of the competitive season with community events like Friday Fortnite and the developer run Summer and Fall Skirmishes.

But, the peak average daily concurrent viewer count in July of 305K, has dropped to only 182K in October, with numbers dipping as low as to go below the 90K mark in late September, according to data from Thinknum.

This coincides with the Fall game period, which begins in mid-September as lots of new games are released in the build up to the holiday season.

Thinknum also points out that this dip isn’t just because of the back to school period or work nights, as weekend viewership also follows a similar trend.

On September 15, weekend viewership (daily average concurrent) dipped below the 100K mark for the first time since at least March 2018.

Thinknum also ensures that Fortnite’s drop is not part of a bigger picture of overall viewership decline on Twitch.

Rather, Twitch viewership has been on a steady increase overall, which Thinknum says is a “sign for concern” for Fortnite, as it appears to be moving in the opposite direction.

Source: Thinknum

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NickEh30 gets Twitch streamer banned for allegedly stream sniping

Published: 25/Nov/2020 4:48 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 5:07

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NickEh30’s latest Fortnite tournament was quite a spectacle, but it was tainted by an alleged stream sniper, who was reported and subsequently banned despite maintaining his innocence.

Nick ‘NickEh30’ Amyoony has been hosting a series of Fortnite tournaments in recent months. The latest one was the NickEh30 Cup. It gave players a chance to compete against some of the game’s biggest names in the scene for a chance to win $10,000.  

It was all positive for the most part. A lesser-known professional Fortnite player named  Crumble managed to impress and take home the prize. However, the tournament was marred with some unfortunate stream sniping drama.

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In the final match, several other players landed on NickEh30, including a Twitch streamer named ArchieFN. He eliminated NickEh30 and danced on his body for the better part of 30 seconds.

NickEh30 was less than impressed and looked disappointed and deflated on stream. It was a stark contrast to his usual upbeat and positive vibe. He was convinced ArchieFN was stream sniping and hopped into the replay mode to report him and a few others.

Fortunately, Epic Games responded almost instantly and banned ArchieFN for 24 hours as soon as he returned to the lobby. You can watch a full recap of the incident below and form your own opinion.

However, ArchieFN is maintaining his innocence. He claimed he wasn’t stream sniping at all. Instead, he said he wanted to “contest someone who wasn’t a tier-one pro” and decided to land on NickEh30 after seeing him land in the same spot during a previous game.

Still, he apologized for what he did and acknowledged that some might find it “scummy.” Sadly, that didn’t stop him from copping a bit of abuse, some of which was needless and extreme.

“Why am I waking up to 600 DMs telling me to kill myself?” he said. “I’m 20, and it doesn’t bother me at all, but the majority of the community is quite younger … you really need to think about what you’re saying to people on the internet.”

In the end, ArchieFN’s Fortnite ban won’t last more than a day. It isn’t too long to wait if he’s innocent, but it’s enough for a wake-up call if he’s guilty.

Either way, The NickEh30 was a success despite the stream sniping drama, and a rightful victor was still crowned.