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Live Concert Inside “Fortnite” Drew More Viewers Than Woodstock

February 3rd 19__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Sci-Fi Visions
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Fortnite Dance

The wildly popular video game “Fortnite” made history yesterday with a live show by EDM artist Marshmello that reportedly drew millions of viewers — which, for context, would be 25 times as many people as attended Woodstock in 1969.

“It truly felt like a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment,” wrote Nick Statt for The Verge, “where the worlds of gaming, music, and celebrity combined to create a virtual experience we’ve never quite seen before.

I’m Flossing

Marshmello, known for hits including “Alone” and “Happier” — and, to be completely real, performing in a giant marshmallow helmet — tweeted that the event had “made history.” You can catch the full set here.

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) February 2, 2019

Numbers Game

By numbers, it may have been the most popular virtual concert in history. But it wasn’t the first time musical artists have performed in a virtual environment. New wave band Duran Duran, for instance, has made live appearances in “Second Life.”

Nothing before now, though, has generated quite the public spectacle as Marshmello’s “Fortnite” show — a combination of two hot-ticket items that just might herald the future of live entertainment.