Rapper Lil Nas X performed live as part of an in-game Roblox virtual concert that attracted more viewers than Fortnite’s groundbreaking Travis Scott event. Millions of Roblox players overwhelmed the servers over the course of three days, letting Lil Nas X take the crown for the biggest in-game virtual concert in gaming history.
Virtual concerts have become the trend with games such as Fortnite and Minecraft organizing them for millions of attendees and viewers. Fortnite has already made it a habit of organizing these virtual concerts quite regularly, bringing in various musical performers and DJs such as Travis Scott and Marshmello.
Marshmello’s concert attracted more than 10 million players to the game, while Travis Scott’s show attracted more than 27 million viewers. However, both records have been recently knocked over the pedestals by Roblox.
This. Good grief. pic.twitter.com/SvNBpPSLop
— Sarah E. Needleman (@saraheneedleman) November 17, 2020
The concert series of Lil Nas X began last November 12 with the rapper performing four sets over the course of three days. Each set lasted 10 minutes long, compared to Travis Scott’s Fortnite performance which only persisted just nine minutes.
What’s more remarkable is the number of attendees Lil Nas X was able to attract. According to Sarah Needleman, The Wall Street Journal’s tech reported, Roblox gathered a massive 33 million viewers who attended the live events. This surpassed the number of viewers for the Fortnite Travis Scott event, which brought in 27.7 million fans.
Of course, Lil Nas X’s image during the concert evidently drew inspiration from the Fortnite Travis Scott event. Lil Nas X appeared as a gargantuan version of himself soaring over the viewers as they watched in awe.
Lil Nas X also performed a series of wardrobe changes, glittering light shows, and even debuted his new track “Holiday” for the first time ever. This is similar to how Travis Scott debuted his new single “The Scotts” during his Fortnite concert. However, Lil Nas X amazingly sang all of his hits live, whereas Fortnite’s Travis Scott event only played a series of pre-recorded songs over flashy visuals.
With the global pandemic forcing each of us to stay inside our homes, video games have been the perfect location for virtual events. Players control their characters and attend virtual concerts with their friends as if there were there actually in person.
It might not be exactly the same as standing amidst a sea of fellow concert attendees, but it is a neat alternative. Hopefully, Fortnite and Roblox will continue to organize these events even after the pandemic ends in the near future.