Fortnite's The Device Live Event Was A Big Success, Breaking A Twitch Record

12 million people were logged in when the Doomsday event took place, Epic says.

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Fortnite's latest in-game live event, The Device, was a gigantic success. Epic Games has announced new statistics about it, and also teased a water theme leading into the new content and challenges in Season 3.

Writing on Twitter, Epic said it was "overwhelmed by the response" to The Device. A total of 12 million people were in the game when the event took place. The numbers could have been higher, but Epic put a cap on player numbers to help with stability. That led to some frustration from those who couldn't participate, even after they tried to show up early, as Epic suggested.

Some of those who could not attend the event watched livestreams of it. Epic said a combined 8.4 million people watched The Device on Twitch and YouTube. More than 2.3 million were watching simultaneously on Twitch, setting a new record for a game on the streaming service. You can re-watch the event in the GameSpot video above.

Epic also teased that future in-game live events will be able to accommodate more users. "As we push the edge of what live-events can be, we're improving systems so more of you can experience them in-game," Epic said.

In a follow-up tweet, Epic confirmed that Fortnite Season 3 will begin on Wednesday, June 17. The studio also seemingly teased the long-running rumor that it's a water-themed season, saying to fans, "We can't wait for you to dive in!"

For lots more on the event, check out GameSpot's rundown of what The Device means for Season 3 and the future of Fortnite's metaverse.

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