This is a question many have been asking. Fortnite, is without a doubt, the most active and engaging community of gamers on a daily basis, covering up a third of PC gamers, according to Newszoo.
That’s a lot of players considering that the battle royale version of it only came during the 3rd quarter of 2017, rapidly growing fast and surpassing the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and League of Legends. The world is so crazy about it, that multiplayer suddenly became a mainstream culture, especially after that one day when Tyler “Ninja” Blevins had Drake as his duo partner. With Drake’s international fame, his influence brought up the world about some survival game called “Fortnite”; One tweet that made everyone aware, including non-gamers and his pals about the competitive battle royale.
— Drizzy (@Drake) March 15, 2018
The tweet itself may just have been a few words long, but it brought so many attention all around the world for his fans.
Suddenly, gaming was cool. Fortnite was cool. Ninja was cool. Twitch was cool. And with that coolness brought a huge trend, leaving behind 600,000 viewers at peak during that one night with Drake. And the result? More people, of all ages, flocked in and got into the trend. In the wake of this phenomenon left inconsistent viewers of Fortnite 24/7, with AT LEAST 60,000 viewers on quiet days and amass up to 400,000 views during peak hours.
Following up the sudden boom was a large influx of the press showing interest in the game, knowing that this trend will rake in lots of readers for their articles and viewers for some gaming channels on YouTube. Even those that aren’t into video games such as CNN, The Guardian, CNBC, Fox News, CBS, BBC and NY Times have begun speculating the battle royale hit, like how everyone kept on reporting nothing else in the entertainment section of the news about Despacito back in 2017.
Beyond Twitch, YouTuber also began piling nothing but Fortnite content into their channels like there was no tomorrow. Hey, remember that video by Best Trends? The “Top 5 Fortnite YouTubers who’ve Sworn”? Yeah, this one (been reuploaded since his channel got taken down for misleading viewers and scamming them for “free v-bucks”):
Ridiculous, yes, but there was no stopping even the YouTubers. Commentary channels like PewDiePie, Pyrocynical and Neatmike were obviously tired of these YouTubers trying to blend in with the trend.
Remember back in March when LoL personality Nightblue3 tweeted that he has retired from League instead of Fortnite? Yeah… that happened. He went back to League of course.
Oh, and let’s not forget that the notorious and controversial brothers Logan and Jake Paul both even made their own Twitch account to show-off their Fortnite “skills”. No, I’m not kidding you, they made their own channels because of Fortnite
EDIT: Jake Paul’s Twitch no longer exists.
Of course, you have the likes of Ninja, Summit1G, Dr DisRespect, DrLupo, Myth, TimtheTatman, KingRichard and dakotaz to thank for the racked-up views. No doubt, these streamers are definitely skillful, creative and talented when it comes to surviving in that one 4×4 island. Viewers loved the gameplay. People enjoy how these streamers execute per match. Spectators are selfless enough to grant them a bounty for their deeds as entertaining players. Fortnite itself is an amusement that literally anyone could get into, whether it’s watching Myth pull off a 50 km sniper shot over a jumping John Wick on a self-made wooden fort or playing it first-hand and trying to mimic whatever Myth did.
Another huge reason for its success is due to the fact that if you have internet, you can basically play the game in whichever gaming platform you have (except for Nintendo Switch), even if you just have a smartphone. Yes, if you have an iPhone or, soon, any Android phone, you can play Fortnite. What is also interesting about the accessibility of it is that the game is also a cross-platform experience—if you play on mobile, you can be up against PS4 players along with the PC enthusiasts. Of course, if you happen to earn #1 Victory Royale on mobile, then you just paved the others a huge embarrassment playing on their more “proper” platforms. Take that, “masterrace”.
The Future of Fortnite on Twitch
Going back to the main question, though: will Fortnite be able to maintain the top spot on Twitch for a long time? As long as the live streamers who are famous for their Fortnite shenanigans keep at it, the game is going to be consistently at the top. However, a major influencer such as Ninja will definitely be one of the causes whether or not the game will still be on its heir throne. If he quits it, so will a chunk of the Fortnite community. If he, along with Fortnite-famous streamers will keep on making the game interesting, it will definitely still be on top.
Epic Games itself can be a potential factor to the fate of Fortnite too: if they manage to screw up their game just like what happened to Runescape back in 2007-2012, no doubt, history will repeat itself here.
Quite frankly, Fortnite is simply a trend—but it may not be soon before other major publishers like EA, Activision or Ubisoft will make a much better BR game than Fortnite. If they manage to lure in veteran BR players, this could mean a difficult time for Epic Games. Unless Epic Games will adapt to the future, just like how Riot Games successfully did with League of Legends, then we might see a bright future ahead for the current #1 battle royale game of this season.