Fortnite World Cup 2019 Breaks CS:GO Esports Record on Twitch
It’s been a crazy ride for Epic Games and battle royale fans these past couple of weeks as the Fortnite World Cup 2019 launched. The event was massive all around, hosting tons of players from around the world in four major tournament events plus the fan festivals and other activities going on in New York City.
In addition, there was a ton of cash on the line for players who were participating in the most gigantic esports event of the year. However, the overwhelming success of the event continues to grow as we now know that the Fortnite World Cup 2019 was able to break a world record this past weekend.
Fortnite Breaks CS:GO Twitch Esports Record
It now is the single most viewed Twitch live esports event ever, defeating the former record holder Counter Strike: Global Offense. The CS:GO ELEAGUE Boston Major was the largest live-streamed event on Twitch prior to this with a whopping 1.1 million concurrent viewers on Twitch at one time.
No other esports event or game has been able to defeat that record since then; not League of Legends, EVO 2019, the Overwatch League, or any other competitive game. Well, until now that is. The Fortnite World Cup 2019 brought in 1.3 million concurrent viewers at one time during the event.
How the record was broken was by combining all of the concurrent viewers across all the Fortnite World Cup 2019 events during the final day of the event on Sunday, June 28, 2019. This was the peak day for the event as fans were excited to find out who the overall winners of the unbelievable event would be.
When combined, the total stream viewership during the final day at the same time on Twitch reached 1.3 million viewers. Though it was able to brush past the former record holder on Twitch, the game wasn’t able to beat its own record for the largest number of viewers on one single stream for anything period; esports-related or not.
Fortnite still holds the record for that but not because of the recent World Cup tournament. That record is still held by none other than Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the largest Twitch streamer in the world at this time. Ninja still carries that record from his breakout stream where he played the game with none other than artist Drake.
That Twitch stream was able to peak at 628,000 viewers in total and hasn’t been defeated since. When you bring in YouTube into the mix, the viewership for the World Cup event only climbs even further. Across both platforms, the concurrent viewers reached well over two million during the solo finals.
Interestingly enough, though the World Cup 2019 is over, Epic Games isn’t getting ready to stop its esports support just yet. The Championship Series is a new event that will begin soon, allowing fans to continue enjoying all of the great competition that battle royale brings to the table.
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