The popularity of Battle Royale game Fortnite is not limited to being the most played, as it has also shot to the top of YouTube and Twitch, becoming the most watched video game too.
Fortnite’s takeover of Amazon owned streaming platform Twitch was unprecedented, as streamers, notably Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and TSM’s Ali “Myth” Kabbani, saw a surge in their viewer, follower and subscriber count in parallel to the growth of the game.
It regularly sits at the top of the most popular games page, only beaten by when major esport events such as the NA LCS or Overwatch League go live.
However, it is not only Twitch, as Fortnite has similarly taken over on YouTube, at the expense of other games such as Minecraft, Clash Royale, PUBG and Call of Duty.
Leader of the Gaming & Content partnerships team at YouTube, Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt recently reported that Fortnite had taken the record for the most videos uploaded on a single game in a month.
The recent Battle Royale tournament had also taken the record for the most watched live gaming stream, with 1.1 million concurrent tuning in.
How big is @FortniteGame on YouTube? Fortnite holds the record for the most videos related to a video game uploaded in a single month EVER. Yesterday, the Battle Royale tournament had over 42M live views, and set a record for biggest single live gaming stream @ 1.1M concurrent.
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) March 26, 2018
Fwiz’ claims were corroborated by a recent report from Matchmade, which demonstrated just how successful Fortnite content is on the leading video sharing website.
“Fortnite (Fortnite & Fortnite Battle Royale combined) has taken over Minecraft as the most viewed game on YouTube.
Minecraft has been the dominant game on YouTube since the beginning of time. Just a year ago Minecraft’s views on YouTube were at 3.7 billion per month, which was nearly 3 times more than the 2nd most viewed game, at the time GTA.
Since its launch in July 2017, Fortnite’s viewership on YouTube has grown quickly. Epic launched the Battle Royale mode in September and that’s when the game really took YouTube by storm, reaching over 2.4 billion views in February alone.
PUBG, which is considered the main competitor and predecessor of Fortnite, started off with viewership growth of 457% from release month to the next (March-Apr 2017) but quickly lost its steam. The past 6 month average change in the amount of PUBG videos on YouTube is actually at -1.8%”
Fortnite’s rise on YouTube looks to be at the expense of other games | Source: Matchmade
The rising star of Fortnite on YouTube is undoubtedly Ninja, who in addition to his 3 million+ followers on his live streaming channel, has almost 7 million subscribers on his YouTube – he had less than 500,000 in January of 2018.
Of course there are also many established YouTubers, who built their followings dedicated to other games, such as Ali-A and TmarTn, who have now switched focus to Fortnite.