Fortnite, you might have heard, is quite popular. And now, another reminder of just how mind-bogglingly popular it is: a peak of over 2.3 million concurrent viewers watched Fortnite’s World Cup Solo Finals, which took place in New York this weekend.
It’s an achievement that, says Epic, makes it the most-watched competitive gaming event of all time “excluding China”. But the reality is that the final tally of spectators is likely to be much higher; the 2.3 million figure only accounts for people tuning in via Twitch and YouTube, and not those watching in-game or on other social media and streaming services.
Those that stayed the course for Sunday’s Solo Finals got to see 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf secure his place as champion, winning him a hefty $3 million USD prize and a well-earned moment in the spotlight, after seeing off almost 40 million challengers. A day later, Giersdorf appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to chat about his impressive win.