Record 10m players tuned into Marshmello concert on Fortnite this weekend, in best attended "concert" ever
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The online shooter, which has more than 200m active players, is set to host its first in-game concert this weekend
By Jon Chapple on 31 Jan 2019
Viral video game phenomenon Fortnite is to host its first-ever in-game concert, with RCA-signed DJ Marshmello reportedly set to perform in the free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale this Saturday (2 February).
According to Fortnite news site Fortnite Intel, “if you head to Pleasant Park” – a residential-themed area on the Fortnite Battle Royale map – “right now you’ll see the early makings of a stage being built for his performance”, while Marshmello has also added a Pleasant Park date to his online tour schedule. (Unlike ‘real’ shows such as his mid-February dates in India, fans are only able to RSVP for the show, rather than buy tickets.)
— Liam (@LiamTWiiN) January 29, 2019
Since launching last year, Fortnite Battle Royale has become the most successful free-to-play game video game of all time, pushing developer Epic Games’ valuation to nearly US$15bn as the number of Fortnite players – most of whom pay real money (or ask their parents) to buy in-game skins and other cosmetic items – soars over 200 million.
In addition to Marshmello, other famous fans of the game include fellow artists Drake and Deadmau5, as well as several sportspeople, with French footballer Antoine Griezmann famously celebrating his goal in the 2018 World Cup final with the game’s ‘Take the L’ dance.
According to Fornite Intel, leaked in-game data shows the concert by Marshmello will kick off at 2pm ET (7pm GMT).
The Marshmello show follows the recent Fire Festival in Minecraft, which featured DJ sets by the likes of Ekali, Hudson Mohawke, Arty and Luca Lush.
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