WoW Classic Launch Surpasses Fortnite On Twitch By Hitting 1 Million Viewers

1 million viewers puts WoW well ahead of Fortnite and all others.

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World of Warcraft's Classic edition is out now, and it's helping WoW to have a massive day on popular game-streaming site Twitch.

World of Warcraft is far and away the most popular game on Twitch for its launch day of August 26, and the release of WoW Classic undoubtedly played a major role in that. The game topped 1 million viewers on Twitch today, which is multiple times bigger than all other games. Shortly after servers went live, it reached 1.1 million streams, while the next closest game--Grand Theft Auto V--had fewer than 150,000.

Twitch's public stats show that even later in the evening, at 10 PM ET, World of Warcraft had 593,000 viewers, which ws well ahead of the No. 2 game, Fortnite, which has 120,000 viewers. It's not surprising that the launch of a much-anticipated game would lead to a huge surge in viewers, and it will be interesting to see if World of Warcraft can continue to stay popular in the days and weeks ahead. Early on Tuesday, it continues to have nearly six times as many viewers as the next biggest game.

On Mixer, it's a different story. Fortnite remains the most popular game by viewers, behind the Music category and Fortnite.

The downside to WoW Classic's popularity is that players are facing lengthy server queues, even though Blizzard added an additional four servers ahead of launch.

WoW Classic, as its name suggests, is a re-release of the original MMO from 2004 with some functionality changes. It's free for existing subscribers of WoW. For more, check out GameSpot's rundown of everything you need to know about WoW Classic.

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