Fortnite phenomenon smashes YouTube records


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Fortnite is still killing it.
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Fortnite enjoyed a boost to its already rapidly-growing fanbase when it made the leap to iOS earlier this month.

The gaming phenomenon shows no signs of losing its momentum after smashing YouTube records for the largest number of concurrent viewers on a single live game stream, and for the most monthly uploads related to a single game.

Fortnite was a smash hit before Epic Games brought its battle royale mode to iOS. It had already beaten the record for concurrent players, previously held by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, when it topped 3.4 million back in February. And no one is bored of it yet.

Fortnite is killing it on YouTube

Fortnite now holds the record for the most concurrent views on a single game stream after 1.1 million users tuned in to watch an event hosted by ElrubiusOMG. Across all 100 creators involved in the tournament, it received a staggering 42 million views.

YouTubers had already recognized that viewers want to see Fortnite gameplay. The title also holds the record for the most monthly uploads related to a single game, which it secured in February, according to YouTube’s Ryan Wyatt, who leads the gaming content and partership teams.

Fortnite’s incredible rise was helped by the fact that the game is free to download and play. You don’t need to cough up anything to enjoy its insanely popular battle royale mode. You can purchase in-game currency to get your hands on additional content — but only if you want to.

Epic Games has also ensured Fortnite is more accessible than its rivals. Unlike H1Z1 and Battlegrounds, the game can be enjoyed across PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and now iOS. Android support is also coming later, Epic has promised.

Fortnite currently requires an invite on mobile, however. You can sign up for one through the Epic website before downloading the game from the App Store. You shouldn’t have to wait too long for access; Epic seems to be adding new players in large numbers all the time.

There are now so many players on mobile, in fact, that Fortnite for iOS collected a whopping $1.5 million from in-app purchases within its first 72 hours of availability. That’s an even more impressive figure when you consider that in-app purchases weren’t available immediately.

If you’re new to Fortnite, be sure to check out our beginner’s guide on how to dominate in battle royale.