The buzz surrounding Fortnite is enigmatic.
With all the best Fortnite players competing to qualify for the US$30 million World Cup, you’d think this would be the biggest draw they could possibly have in terms of viewership.
Instead, it seems that Fortnite’s most valuable commodity is still their incredibly popular content creators. Online personalities such as Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Turner “Tfue” Tenney have shown that they have a larger following compared to the Fortnite competitive scene.
Fortnite Season 9’s release proved to be incredibly successful for Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Turner “Tfue” Tenney in its first week. Ninja reached an average of 54k concurrent viewers for May 11, while Tfue averaged 45k last May 10, according to Twitch Tracker.
In comparison, the World Cup qualifier last May 12 (Week 5, solo finals) only averaged 42k concurrent viewers, reported Esports Observer.
Another important thing to note is that both Ninja and Tfue did not stream last May 12 (Week 5, solo finals). Ninja failed to qualify for the final, while Tfue had already qualified for the World Cup during the third week of the online opens.
With the newly released Season 9, popular Twitch streamers are able to gain a massive influx of viewers thanks to all the new changes that come along with it. A new season equates to a new meta, new map, new weapons, and new modes which mean new content for streamers.
Fans were also eager to hear about their favorite player’s thoughts on the new changes since they are influential in the Fortnite community.