It’s 6am on Saturday the 2nd of February, a buzz is in the air as every young Aussie Fortnite player worth their salt is awake, amped up on presumably a mix of Mother and being young enough to deal with this shit. The reason they’re awake? To watch a concert in Fortnite of electronic music producer, DJ and guy with a fancy box on his head Marshmello.
Over the course of a week, in-game flyers and a construction zone hinted at the coming event. Now, it might be easy to watch footage from this digital, 10 minute set and make fun but, according to Wired, this event was attended my 10 million concurrent users and that’s just too many people to hold a grudge. I’m not good at running away from an angry mob, let alone 10 million people who still have functioning knees.
Virtual concerts are nothing new but this one just might be the biggest of all time. Since only 99 players could appear at your own viewing of the concert it might not look impressive but there were millions experiencing that same moment with you, selecting a festive emote and possibly considering getting some breakfast soon, since 6am is very early for both EDM and marshmellos.
Billboard reported that the concert had a phenomenal impact on Marshmello’s video streams, with some of his songs garnering a 24,000 per cent increase in a single day. Now I know how to really kick off my music career… if only people would stop shooting me while I play my jazz bassoon.
After the concert wrapped up, the fighting resumed as the place where music and joy happened became a battleground once more. Humans are dogs.