Global video game phenomenon Fortnite has introduced a new live concert series as part of its Party Royale event.

The live concert series, called Spotlight, will feature live in-game concerts from various artists, who will perform at Epic Games’ new studio in Los Angeles.

The programme kicked off this week with alternative hip-hop artist Dominic Fike, who performed hits from his debut LP, What Could Possibly Go Wrong.

The musician was joined by his backing band for the performance, with social distancing regulations in place.

Epic has scheduled further performances from Dominic Fike on September 19 and 26, and will announce the next artist in the series soon.

The launch follows an uptick in popularity of in-game concerts following last year’s ticketed concert within Fortnite by Marshmello, which drew over 10 million real-time viewers from game players.

Since then, other in-game concerts have taken place, such as social virtual reality platform Sansar teaming up with electronic dance music label Monstercat to bring live music to fans via VR in July 2019, and American nu metal band Korn performing several virtual concerts in multiplayer game AdventureQuest in August last year.

Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine.

Fortnite Battle Royale, which is free to play, became a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year and earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month.

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