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It appears Epic Games' Fortnite shows no signs of slowing down. The multiplayer survival game has been setting records and gaining lots of mainstream attention, especially after recently setting a YouTube record after a recent Battle Royale tournament took place.
YouTube's AR, VR and gaming content director, Ryan Wyatt, tweeted out that Fortnite managed to set the record for biggest single live gaming event stream for the channel, after the Battle Royale tournament got underway and accrued 1.1 million concurrent viewers for the stream, and more than 42 million views across all live streams.
This comes off a recent push from Epic to get Fortnite more mainstream attention after singer Drake played the game with a few Twitch streamers on his PlayStation 4. The seemingly unremarkable event actually managed to garner millions of views, as a lot of people tuned in to watch the hour long stream with Drake, where they, every so often, talked about gaming habits, food, and optimization.
YouTube seems to want to share Twitch's success, and as noted in the Twitter thread, there are a lot of trending videos for Fortnite on the video sharing service.
Of course, not everyone is entirely on board with the streaming of a game like Fortnite. A few content creators are in the thread who expressed disappointment with how YouTube favors Epic's Unreal Engine 4-powered third-person shooter over other games.
Some content creators were a bit disappointed that despite lots of streaming and content building, they still couldn't get views on their channels, even while streaming Fortnite while it trended.
The reality is that content creation and making money and a career out of it is not easy. It requires a lot of dedication, a lot of work, a lot of effort, and a very strong personality.
It appears that the people who have made it big on YouTube seem to thoroughly enjoy playing the game, and didn't hesitate to jump in on the Fortnite tournament in order to further boost their profiles, which managed to help set a record for the game on YouTube.
As some people pointed out later in the thread, games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive managed to hit higher numbers during the tournament season on Twitch. Last year Counter-Strike: Global Offensive managed a cumulative of nearly 2 million concurrent views according to Dexerto, with more than 1.2 million people tuning in online. That's about 100,000 more than what Fortnite recently pulled off.
Fortnite is a third-person shooter with two major game modes, the free-to-play Battle Royle mode, and the Save The World mode where you build structures and partake in a tower defense style gameplay system with several other players in an open-world sandbox. The Battle Royale mode is obviously the more popular of the two, especially given that the tournament for the mode just recently managed to break a YouTube viewing record. And, even though the tournament is over with, you can still play Fortnite's Battle Royale mode for free right now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.