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Fortnite Shows Up in E3 with a Charity Competition Featuring Celebrities

Perhaps the biggest viewership to date, Fortnite lit up on Twitch with more than 1 million viewers tuning in to the first ever Fortnite Pro-Am competition with $3M at stake to give to charity. The players are separated into duos, making this an exciting matchup of unlikely partners battling each other for a chance to donate to their desired charity and for bragging rights.

June 12 was a day of triumph for Epic Games’ massively successful Battle Royale game, Fortnite.

Thousands have attended to gather together to witness a one-of-a-kind competition between Twitch streamers, YouTube personalities, Hollywood celebrities, and NBA pro players.

The goal is simple: You and your partner must end up as the only survivors in the game.

The game was streamed by Fortnite themselves (https://www.twitch.tv/fortnite) over on Twitch where, just as mentioned in the beginning, garnered more than a million viewers, and that’s just on Twitch alone. Over on YouTube, it got 50k viewers and another 10k each on Twitter and Facebook. There hasn’t been this much crowd since the last League of Legends Worlds 2017. It was a day to remember for all Fortnite fans as well as the players themselves.

Here are some tweets from the competitors:

The day alone was a message from Epic Games to other developers looking to snatch them off their BR crown: they are unstoppable. It only took them 4 hours to show the world how successful a Fortnite esports competition can become and lo and behold, it was announced—an actual competitive esports for Fortnite:

Going back to Pro-Am, the event was separated into 3 matches:

-Round 1: Solos Warm-Up

-Round 2: Duos Warm-Up

-Round 3: Actual match with $3M broken down for each placement

Here’s the prize pool chart:

Everything was truly just like any esports competition, complete with charming and witty shoutcasters including DrLupo and Goldenboy themselves.

So yes, basically it’s 50 players with 50 celebrities in a very unlikely pairing but an interesting one too.

Did you know that the Fortnite stream alone has generated more viewership than any E3 conference? Now that is one heck of an achievement.

First round warm-up winner was NoahJ456 with an awesome dropdown rocket combo finish:

Even he couldn’t believe he won that round:

The 2nd round and the actual game, however, were ultimately fated to both #1 Fortnite streamer himself, Ninja, along with renowned DJ and EDM artist Marshmello. It was, at some point, a very emotional victory. Just look at Marshmello’s tweet:

Here’s the winning moment for both Ninja and Marshmello:

The winning duo donated $1M to Alzheimer’s while everyone else donated to the charities of their choices. In the end, everyone was a winner, each team giving money for the greater good.

Now the question remains after this event: will the game actually hold up for at least the next 5 years? Yes, the game has the biggest population right now in terms of daily concurrent players but could Epic Games keep those numbers up and even peak more than it already has?

What we do know is that Epic Games have sacrificed everything else in their multiplayer games roster in favor of putting all of their eggs in the battle royale basket. But now that AAA developers and publishers are seeking to dethrone Fortnite, will Epic Games stand strong or will it finally crumble.

Games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V along with rumored BR mode on The Last of Us 2 as well as Red Dead Redemption 2 are in that lineup of gaming’s currently most populated genre.

Fortnite alone boasts a huge scale of players as well as streamers, following that up with PUBG’s daily million players. Combined, battle royale is definitely dominating the multiplayer scene with concurrent active players and it doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon.

The debacle if battle royale games are going to decline soon has been a huge discussion among gamers for a very long time now. While some say it’s here to stay just like the rise of the MOBA era, others just believe it’s only a gimmicky trend similar to hoverboards and fidget spinners. Even that debate is carried on over to Twitch where the constant overall majority viewership goes to Fortnite, spanning from 100,000 to up to 600,000 even by just a solo streamer.

Love it or hate it, battle royale is still currently a major powerhouse.

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite and popularly known for their Unreal Tournament and Gears of War series, have even made an all-in bet to putting all the resources and support to their battle royale game, sacrificing their other titles, such as Paragon and Unreal Tournament 2016, in favor of their #1 multiplayer game. They do believe that battle royale is an evergreen genre of competitive gaming.