Epic Games and Travis Scott combined last night to put on a special in-game concert, dubbed the 'Astronomical' event. During this event, Fortnite broke its previous record for concurrent players across all platforms.
The new record for concurrent players in Fortnite Battle Royale is over 12.3 million. I've tried putting this into some sort of perspective, and here's a decent one: that's just one million shy of the population of Tokyo.
Over 12.3 million concurrent players participated live in Travis Scott's Astronomical, an all-time record!— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 24, 2020
Catch an encore performance before the tour ends: https://t.co/D7cfd2Vxcc
That's absolutely, well, astronomical. The event itself took place in Fortnite Battle Royale just yesterday on April 23. It featured a "live" performance from Travis Scott, a hip-hop artist who has sold over 45 million records in the US alone and has been nominated for six Grammy Awards (and he's only 27 years old!).
It also bears remembering that this entire event was put on in Fortnite while the Epic Games team was working from home. The poignant reminder comes below from a member of Epic Games' business development team, and it's insane to put this in the context of there being zero server crashes or issues during the Astronomical event.
We did this working from home. Epic Games is amazing. https://t.co/g0esf1m1PH— Joe Kreiner (@joekreiner) April 23, 2020
If you didn't catch Travis Scott's performance, don't worry. There'll actually be repeats of the performance all weekend in Fortnite, and for a complete look at the start times for wherever you are in the world, head over to the official Fortnite website.