Drake and Ninja break Twitch records with Fortnite stream

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Rapper Drake has teamed up with streamer Ninja to set a new record on Twitch.

At around 5am this morning UK time, Drake tweeted that he was: “Playing fort nite [sic] with @ninja”. The resultant stream broke Twitch’s record for concurrent viewers, with over 635,000 people tuning in at one point.

Drake seemed pretty familiar with Epic Games’ hugely popular game – in the stream he discussed Fortnite: Battle Royale with Ninja and opined that Epic should continue to work on and adapt its current map, rather than creating a new one. 

Ninja’s Twitch stream easily smashed the previous record for concurrent viewers, held by Dr.DisRespect with around 388,000 viewers. It also helped drive his number of Twitch followers to over 3,300,000.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is no stranger to records itself: in January, it passed the 40 million-download mark, and in February it hit a figure of 3.4 million concurrent players, eclipsing a benchmark previously set by PUBG. And with the likes of Ninja and Drake teaming up to create even more hype around it, it can only continue to set new standards.

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