Over 10 million people allegedly watched a Marshmello concert live in Fortnite

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Masked dance music DJ, friend of Ninja, and host of his own cooking channel (opens in new tab) Marshmello played a live concert in Fortnite this weekend. For the duration of the 10-minute show at Pleasant Park, which was broadcast across thousands of servers, weapons were disabled and respawns turned on so players could concentrate on deploying dance emotes instead of murder. There were holograms, lights, fireworks, and strategically deployed cessations of gravity, which admittedly didn't happen last time I went to see The National.

According to sources close to everyone's favorite tame industry mascot Geoff Keighley (opens in new tab), more than 10 million people were watching the concert in-game, and that's in addition to millions more watching online outside the special mode set up for it in the Fortnite client.

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Those who missed the event got to enjoy a repeat performance at 11pm Pacific Time. After the music ends there's a three-second countdown, and then it's back to battle royale business as usual.

You can also enjoy the totally real and absolutely legit recording of the show made by our reporter on the ground James Davenport below.

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Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.