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Tyler “Ninja” Blevins posted the most-watched Fortnite stream of the week when he played with popular YouTuber Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg during Friday Fortnite, but compared to last week’s competition, Blevins’ stream was actually down in terms of Twitch viewership.
The return of Friday Fortnite last weekend was a boon for Blevins as he posted 853K hours watched and finished third place over the course of an eight-hour stream, and with Kjellberg as his teammate this week, his potential for strong viewership was as high as its been all year.
However, Kjellberg’s early exit from the competition led to Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar subbing in at the last minute just a few games into the competition. The relative loss of star power combined with an early exit by Blevins compared to last week resulted in him only posting 777K hours watched over six hours. While his average concurrent viewership (CCV) of 130 was higher than last week, his total viewership wasn’t at the same level.
Blevins’ viewership for Friday Fortnite hit an impressive 236K CCV, but that’s not even the highest CCV for a Fortnite streamer this month so far. Turner “Tfue” Tenney managed to pull a peak of 300K CCV last Sunday during his World Cup qualifying efforts.
As has been the case for the past few World Cup qualifiers, Blevins opted to not stream on Saturday, instead focusing on qualifying, but his efforts were for naught. After promising to stream on Sunday if he made it to the qualifier’s finals, Blevins failed to advance. With this being the last weekend qualifier for the solo portion of the World Cup, Blevins will not be competing in the event later next month.
Blevins’ weekend of streaming was juxtaposed by a Sunday filled with viewership for Tenney. Though Tenney had previously qualified for the solo portion of the event, he has continued to participate in the qualification competition in an attempt to cash in on the weekly prize pool as well as challenge himself.
While Tenney hasn’t been able to compete in Friday Fortnite since its return, his World Cup qualification streams have consistently produced some of the best viewership of any Fortnite streamer since the qualifying process began, and this weekend was no exception.
On Saturday, Tenney recorded 514K hours watched with an average of 65K, peaking at 124K, and Sunday his stream generated 623K hours watched with an average of 78K CCV and a max of 134K. Neither stream compared to last Sunday when Tenney posted his best-ever average CCV of 187K, racking up a total of 853K hours watched.
With one more week of World Cup qualifying left, Twitch’s top personalities like Blevins have one final opportunity to make it into the duos competition for July’s international event. Though Tenney has locked up a spot for the solo event, he hasn’t yet qualified to compete in the duos portion of the tournament, and Blevins is yet to qualify for anything.
As the pressure builds, there’s a chance that numerous high profile professional players could miss out on making it to the inaugural Fortnite World Cup. Missing personalities like Blevins, among others, in the competition has the potential to be detrimental to the sort of audience the World Cup could pull.