Drop The Bass

Live Concert Inside “Fortnite” Drew More Viewers Than Woodstock

byJon Christian
2. 3. 19

Is this the future of entertainment?

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.


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.

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