Fortnite as players know it was sucked into a black hole and disappeared for two days not too long ago, and millions of people tuned in to see what all the fuss was about.
Fortnite has become a cultural phenomenon whose reach has extended well beyond the limits placed around it by the video game world. Athletes from mainstream sports reference Fortnite via their celebrations, and musicians and actors have been caught out using dance moves made famous by the annoyingly addictive game.
People don't just love to play Fortnite, but they love to watch it too. That's why streamers such as Ninja and Tfue have become household names. Via his work playing Fortnite and various sponsorships, Ninja claims to be raking in a cool $10 million per year. Maybe introduce your parents to his exploits next time they tell you playing video games doesn't pay.
Turns out people will even tune in to watch Fortnite when literally nothing is happening. A couple of weeks ago, the whole game was sucked into a mysterious black hole. It disappeared for two solid days and clearly, many players didn't know what to do with themselves. They simply watched the footage of the black hole and waited for their beloved game to come back.
It did return eventually, but people were clearly pretty worried it might not. The Verge recently reported the number of people who watched the black hole event across Twitch, YouTube, and Twitter, and all sorts of records were shattered. More than seven million people watched across those platforms, with the 1.7 million people watching on Twitch breaking the platform's concurrent record on a single game category.
Meanwhile, Twitter's record for the most-viewed gaming event was also broken. Twitter viewers watched the black hole for a combined 50.7 million minutes, thus proving we will watch pretty much anything. As for overall records, and not just game-related ones, Fortnite has a long way to go. Far more people watched Beyonce's Coachella performance on Twitch than tuned in to watch a black hole do nothing.