The Best ‘Fortnite’ Live Events of All Time, Ranked

These live events are highly attended, and the developers use them as a way of drawing in new players and giving experienced players some narrative mystery to chew on.

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12. Live From Risky Reels

season: Chapter 2, Season 1

Date: December 14, 2019

A tie-in to the release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, this live event was a glorified press conference, featuring some remarks by director J.J. Abrams and an exclusive clip of the upcoming movie.

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11. The Unvaulting Event

season: Chapter 1, Season 8

Date: May 4, 2019

The vault in Loot Lake opened. And Epic Games, in a unique instance of democratic rule, allowed players to vote on which banned weapon they wanted unvaulted and placed back into play.

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10. The Cube Event

season: Chapter 1, Season 5

Date: August 24, 2018

The cube eventually arrived at Loot Lake, where it rolled itself in, and sank to the bottom. It transformed the lake into a solid, bouncy surface, which players could treat like a massive trampoline.

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9. The Meteor Event

season: Chapter 1, Season 3

Date: May 1, 2018

The first live event was one of the most understated ones; a meteor fell from the sky (it had started as a dot that got progressively bigger over time). When it finally touched down, it took out the factory at Dusty Depot; afterward, the resulting crater became known as Dusty Divot.

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8. The Blast-Off Event

season: Chapter 1, Season 4

Date: June 13, 2018

This set off a series of dimensional rifts; the rocket spent a minute warping in and out of these rifts, sort of like the Scooby-Doo chase scenes where the gang entered one door and exited another on the opposite side.

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7. The Butterfly Event

season: Chapter 1, Season 6

Date: November 4, 2018

The cube began spinning, transporting players to the In-Between light universe. There, players could see an ethereal butterfly flying around; it landed on the player's finger, which then transported players back to the island which was now rid of the monsters that had plagued it throughout the Halloween season.

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6. The Ice Storm Event

season: Chapter 1, Season 7

Date: January 19, 2019

The Ice Storm Event was foreshadowed by the in-game televisions, which featured a countdown clock and a storm warning. The Ice King used his magic to crack the ice sphere above Polar Peak, and conjured a massive likeness of himself.

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5. The Device

season: Chapter 2, Season 2

Date: June 15, 2020

The Agency exploded. The Doomsday Device rose. And after a great deal of sparks, electricity and pulsing energy waves, it changed the Storm--the massive barrier that defines the outer rim of match play--into a massive, swimmable wall of water.

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4. Travis Scott’s ‘Astronomical’

season: Chapter 2, Season 2

Date: April 23-25, 2020

A concert featuring a massive Travis Scott via hologram, Astronomical doubled as a tribute to all of Fortnite's past events; it alluded to everything from the initial meteor strike to the black hole event that concluded Chapter 1.

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3. The End Event

season: Season 10

Date: October 13, 2019

The final Season 1 live event brought things full circle, back to the time rifts from Season 4. But this time, everything converged: the missiles, the meteor, and the glowing orb the prior season's Mecha had left behind.

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2. The Marshmello Concert

season: Season 8

Date: February 2, 2019

The in-game concert by EDM DJ Marshmello functioned as a celebration of the Fortnite community; 10.7 million players, not including the casual observers on Twitch and YouTube, attended the concert live.

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1. The Final Showdown Event

season: Season 9

Date: July 20, 2019

A massive Mecha versus Monster main event closed out Season 9—a callback to the classic King Kong vs. Godzilla, kaiju movies from the '60s. They moved all over the map in a slow, plodding manner, like they had real weight and power to them.

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