Fortnite's biggest ever event saw 15 million players, 3 million viewers and took Twitch down

Fortnite's biggest ever event saw 15 million players, 3 million viewers and took Twitch down
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  • Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season 4 finale was its biggest in-game event ever, with over 15 million concurrent players logged in and another 3 million tuned in to watch the one-time-only affair on YouTube Gaming and Twitch, according to the company.
  • At its peak, Twitch alone saw 2.3 million viewers for Fortnite, which may have been enough to take the service down.
  • This is the second time an onslaught on viewers for Fortnite has led to Twitch reporting issues.
Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season 4 finale didn’t just have players battling it out against a planet-sized super villain. It also broke a new record of the battle royale game. There were over 15.3 million concurrent players logged in, with another 3 million tuned in to watch the action happen on YouTube Gaming and Twitch, according to the company.

The sheer number of people involved made it the biggest ever in-game event for Fornite. And, it may have even managed to take Twitch down.


On average, over the past week, Fortnite has ranked fourth overall among the top 5 most-watched games on Twitch. But, as Iron Man guided players to fight it out against Galactus, the event saw 2.3 million viewers on the live streaming platform at its peak, according to Twitch stat tracker SullyGnome.
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The event only lasted a little over 10 minutes, but it seems to have been enough for issues to occur.


Not the first time that a Fortnite event and Twitch outage coincide
“We are investigating an issue causing multiple service issues at the moment,” Twitch said on Twitter. “Some of these issues include, but are not limited to, logging in, loading the site, notifications and alerts, stream details missing, and site elements missing.”

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While many speculate that the streaming service experienced issues because of the number of people tuned in for Fortnite, Twitch has not admitted to the same.

However, similar incidents have occured in the past. During a June event that flooded Fortnite’s entire island, Twitch experienced similar issues where the site would not load properly, if at all.

At the time of writing this article, Twitch appears to have gained functionality again, with very few users still reporting a malfunction. The outage was temporary, peaking at around 3:00 am in the wake of the event but only lasting about an hour, according to Downdetector.

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Fornite season 5
The theme for Fornite season 5 has not been disclosed yet. However, one leak suggested that the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda could be a part of next season's Battle Pass hinting at a possible Star Wars theme.

This is further backed up by the fact that Epic Games teased what will come in season 5 by asking followers to respond with the word "bounty," which correlates by the Maldalorian being a bounty hunter.

Fortnite season 5 is set to start on December 2 at 10:30 am Indian Standard Time (IST) but according to Epic, servers will be down for updating until 2:30 pm IST.
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