Streamer 'Ninja' & Drake Rack Up 600k Viewers During Fortnite Session

Rappers Drake and Travis Scott teamed up with National Football League player JuJu Smith-Schuster and professional gamer, Ninja to livestream them playing a game called "Fortnite".

At its peak, the foursome attracted 630,000 concurrent viewers and the match was trending on Twitter.

Well past midnight on the East Coast, more than half a million people were watching Ninja and Drake play a game called Fortnite, which has become something of a phenomenon over the past couple of months.

According to Drake, developer Epic Games should freshen up the existing in-game map instead of creating a new one right away. Some streamers earn money as they play, through a combination of ads, sponsorships, merchandise sales and paid subscribers. PC players can play with either, of course.

After gaining significant traction by playing H1Z1 and PUBG, Ninja's rise to the top of the food chain on Twitch happened when he switched to playing Fortnite.

The premise of the game is nearly identical to that of Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG), another online game that has seen huge popularity on PC and Xbox One.

Drake now has more than 36 million followers on the social network. We're talking National Football League rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster, hip hop artist Travis Scott, and pop star Drake. Scott joined in at about the same time. The rapper, being an avid Instagram user, found Instagram clips of Ninja, and followed his account.

Be warned: the gamers use some colorful language. Last month the game reached over 3m concurrent players and that could soon increase once the game is launched on mobile devices. Drake and Ninja managed to get the most viewers at one time though, which is not bad going.

"We suck, but we still try to do our thing", he said. Later on, Travis Scott joins under the name Cactus_Jackk92.

  • Salvatore Jensen