Marshmello’s Fortnite concert reportedly sets new concurrent player record

Connor Bennett
Marshmello Fortnite concert event

The Marshmello in-game event in Fortnite may have smashed the record for the more concurrent players in the Epic Games battle royale title. 

The show on February 2 was an absolute blast for players from all around the world, as they were able to drop into the Battle Royale island and witness a free concert. Everything about the show has shown that it was a huge success for Epic Games but the numbers may show that it was an even bigger success than first thought. 

Video game journalist Geoff Keighley revealed on Twitter that his sources told him that the show may have smashed the current record for concurrent players as it was watched by an incredible number of people in-game.

Reddit: FortniteBRCould it be right – over 10 million people?

Keighley tweeted: “Far From Alone: Sources are telling me there were more than *10 million concurrent players* watching the @marshmellomusic concert in @FortniteGame today – on top of the millions watching online. What a moment for gaming!”

Back in November, Epic revealed there were 200 million total players within Fortnite and the record for the concurrent peak of those players was around 8.3 million. The 10 million number would clearly set a new record. 

The tweet about the new numbers came a few hours after the journalist questioned whether or not the show would be counted as the biggest free concert ever. The current Guinness World Record holder for that accolade is Rod Stewart’s 1993 New Year’s Eve show in Rio de Janeiro with 3.5 million people in attendance.

The event wasn’t just a hugely successful moment for Epic but also an incredible technological feat, too.

After the first show had finished up, the EDM DJ jumped on to play a few games of Duos with streamer Jack ‘CourageJD’ Dunlop. There, Marshmello revealed that everything he said during the concert was being broadcast in real-time and was not pre-recorded.

“That was all live, man! That was the whole thing, so you know, in the very early workings of it all we weren’t sure what could be handled as far as bandwidth and stuff like live voice, and live everything,” Marshmello revealed to Courage.