Over 600,000 People Tuned in to Watch Drake Play Fortnite, Smashing Twitch's Record

By Luke Plunkett on at

We mentioned last week that Fortnite streamer Ninja has gotten so big that rapper Drake was following him on Twitch. Tonight, they hooked up for a game and it crushed the record for most concurrent viewers on the service.

After some initial communications issues, and some adorable fan freakout from Ninja’s wife, viewers were able to tune in to see Ninja playing while Drake was on voice comms via Discord (the pair were separated by platforms, with Ninja on PC and Drake on PS4).

As the games wore on, the viewer count exploded, growing from around 200,000 when they first got voice chat working to just under 400,000 thirty minutes later, at which point Drake tweeted a link to his 36.7 million followers, and it really blew up.

There wasn’t just shooting; at one point Ninja asked how long Drake had been playing, who replied that it’s only been a month or two (he’s pretty good), and that he can often spend so long in the studio (15-20 hours at a time) that there’s plenty of time for downtime with stuff like games.

The viewer count climbed as high as 607,000. It was only last month that we were talking about a new record of 388,000. Welp.