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The Fortnite Marshmello concert was one for the record books, but not for the reason Marshmello says

What a time to be alive.

Fortnite concert with marshmello
Image: Josh Knowles / KnowTechie

At 1:55 PM EST on Saturday, my son, mother and myself jumped on Fortnite and dropped at the large concert stage at Pleasant Park.

Chaos immediately erupted as soon as we touched down. We were all there of the online Marshmello concert that was about to happen. Bullets from crossfire destroyed the wall of the house I ducked into.

My son grabbed a gun and did his best to defend himself, notching a few kills. My mom called out a few people firing on dancing players before getting picked off and respawning. I cleared the stage before getting shotgunned in the back.

On my way back in, Marshmello’s face flashed on the screen and the ability to kill other players was turned off. I landed at the stage and joined my family, right as Marshmello rose from the stage.

The concert was quite the experience

Marshmellow x Fortnite (Cinematic Edit) from r/FortNiteBR

I gotta be honest here, the concert was pretty amazing. Along with the music set, live audio was piped in from Marshmello himself, hyping up the players across all servers. After the 10 minute set that ended with “Happier,” all players were rifted into the air and we eventually won the battle to 200 kills. The energy in the game was incredible and the internet exploded with chatter over their own takes of the event.

Not long after, Marshmello tweeted about this being a first as an online concert. Unfortunately,  Mello’s excitement caused him to post without research because there have been online concerts before in the past. Were they the as cool as this one? No.

History was definitely made this weekend

However, even though Mello jumped the gun, history was indeed made. According to Geoff Keighley, there were 10 million players online during the Fortnite event. These were concurrent players and the number of people watching the event online was not included in this number. So, no, Mello, this wasn’t the first online concert. Instead, it was the world’s largest concert, ever. For now.

I want you to take a moment to soak that in. Whether you enjoy Fortnite or are tired of hearing about it, Epic Games and by association, Fortnite, have really changed what video games mean these days. The video game world has come together time and again for the last three seasons of Fortnite to witness world events.

These events show that game companies need to learn to make their games attractions. Doing this not only sets their games apart from these color-by-numbers releases and draw the community itself to their titles. Fortnite did this to record-setting success with a popular EDM artist and their own established community.

Video games are truly transcending the golden age of the classics.

Before this event, I couldn’t name a Marshmello song. Sure, I had heard “Happier” before, as well as a few others songs but never really knew they were Marshmello’s. Now, my son wants to get Marshmello merch and my mom is chatting up the kids in Save the World about their experiences from the event. At the end of the day, Marshmello’s Fortnite concert is now firmly cemented in pop culture.

Did you get a chance to be part of history or catch it online? What are your thoughts on Marshmello’s online 10-minute set? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Longtime games journalist and Florida resident. I'm a Guinness World Record holder, wordsmith extraordinaire, MOBA fan, devoted dad and husband. I'm here to spread the gospel of video games.

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