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Red Bull Rise Till Dawn -- live Fortnite coverage from Chicago

Fortnite streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins announced a partnership with Red Bull and a new tournament, Red Bull Rise Till Dawn, on Sunday. Registration for the tournament sold out in minutes, according to a statement. Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool

On Saturday, the 99th floor of Willis Tower in Chicago will play host to possibly the most interesting Fortnite event yet. Red Bull Rise Till Dawn features Fortnite, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, and an all-night stream from when the sun sets, roughly 8:21 p.m. CT, until the sun rises around 5:35 a.m.

Teams of two will battle on the updated Season 5 Fortnite map, which includes new areas, skins, and battle pass challenges, to see who can accumulate the most points before the sun comes up.

If you can't make it, don't worry; ESPN and Tyler "FionnOnFire" Erzberger will be on the ground to bring you coverage live on this page via social interactions, photos, and regular updates on everything that's happening at the event.


The event is over! Relive the action by taking a look at our coverage below!


5:51 a.m.

5:48 a.m.

5:30 a.m.

They did it. After 12 games, hundreds of kills, and two victories, Ninja and Dr. Lupo completed Red Bull's Rise Till Dawn. The sun is rising and Ninja is still signing autographs for the fans.

Tyler Erzberger, ESPN Esports141d ago

5:23 a.m.

4:43 a.m.

For the second game in a row, Ninja is eliminated early, but this time DrLupo joins him. There's one more game left for a Victory Royale.

4:12 a.m.

Ninja taken out during the opening moments of the Group B's second set, leaving DrLupo to fend for himself. The silver lining is Ninja has a plate of food in front of him he can eat.

4:01 a.m.

How does he do it? 126,000 watching Ninja's stream at four in the morning as Group B gets ready for its last set of games. Absolute unit.

3:57 a.m.

3:27 a.m.

With a barrage of C4 that many would deem overkill, Ninja and DrLupo took their first victory in the Rise Till Dawn event proper. "WE DIDN'T GET GOOSED!" exclaimed Ninja, flashing the patented Aaron Rodgers championship belt celebration. This is ironic, because Ninja is a Lions fan, and Rodgers is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

3:04 a.m.

Breakfast is served. On the menu: pancake and sausage sandwiches, bacon and egg croissants, breakfast burritos, fruit, and Red Bull.

2:48 a.m.

2:40 a.m.

As Group A comes back for another series of rounds, Ninja's stream drops to around 115,000. Pretty solid for almost three in the morning.

2:37 a.m.

It is 2:30 AM at Rise Till Dawn and Ninja has gotten into a dance contest with no music being played. I don't even know what is going on here in Chicago anymore.

Tyler Erzberger, ESPN Esports141d ago

2:05 a.m.

1:56 a.m.

1:50 a.m.

1:45 a.m.

With 38 people left, Ninja and DrLupo have their worst showing yet at the Rise Till Dawn event. There's roughly four hours of play time left.

1:41 a.m.

1:27 a.m.

More times than not, Ninja is perishing to the storm rather than others getting the eliminations, meaning those bonus bounty points are going to no one. On a lighter note, Ninja's brother was eliminated first last game, which brought out many laughs from the streaming superstar.

1:20 a.m.

1:10 a.m.

We are halfway through Rise Till Dawn, and Ninja is still winless. What will happen first: the sun rising or Ninja seeing "Victory Royale"?

Tyler Erzberger, ESPN Esports141d ago

1:00 a.m.

As Group B gets underway, Ninja's stream remains steady at around 145,000 viewers on Twitch. His and DrLupo's enthusiasm continues to be the driving force behind Rise Till Dawn's success.

12:47 a.m.

12:45 a.m.

After the third game of Group A, Group B is about to take over. Nearly every game ends with strategy talks among teammates, with many "We should have dropped here" and "I ran out of materials" there.

So far, no friendships seem to have been broken.

12:13 a.m.

12:12 a.m.

11:45 p.m.

At the start of the second game, Ninja's stream is pulling in over 150,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch. The delay seems to have minimally impacted the event.

11:44 p.m.

11:40 p.m.

Players getting ready for the second game.

11:35 p.m.

11:15 p.m.

After an almost three hour delay, the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn event has begun following Ninja winning his final warmup match to the delight of the crowd. Who from the crowd of fans will be able to take down the king?

Tyler Erzberger, ESPN Esports141d ago

11:08 p.m.

10:41 p.m.

Looks like all computers have updated. There are so many computers next to one another that there is a noticeable temperature difference compared to where Ninja and DrLupo are playing.

10:32 p.m.

After signing autographs and meeting fans with DrLupo for nearly and hour (and maintaining around 117,000 viewers on Twitch), Ninja has resumed playing Fortnite as computers continue updating.

Current food selection: cheese burger sliders, pulled buffalo chicken sliders and hot dogs with various condiments. ESPN Esports has ordered a deep dish Hawaiian pizza with bacon to the 99th floor.

10:08 p.m.

We are nearing a two hour delay at Red Bull's Rise Till Dawn event at the Willis Tower in Chicago. After playing a few friendly matches on stage, the event's marquee player, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, has begun doing an unplanned autograph session with the fans in attendance. No ETA has been given to when the tournament will start.

Tyler Erzberger, ESPN Esports141d ago

9:42 p.m.

9:40 p.m.

Ninja and DrLupo victories so far tonight: one.

9:38 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

While a good number of computers continue to update to the latest Fortnite patch, delaying the start of the event, Ninja and DrLupo are pushing about 143,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch to keep people entertained.

How long can the free Red Bull placate the audience in Willis Tower?

9:16 p.m.

8:59 p.m.

8:57 p.m.

Ninja and DrLupo on the stage at the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn event in Chicago.

8:50 p.m.

Ninja experiences his first death at Loot Lake, but the bright side is with his shark skin on, he looked kind of cool crawling around in the water with the fin sticking out.

8:49 p.m.

8:39 p.m.

-- As Ninja gets underway at the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn event, roughly 119,000 join him on his stream.

8:32 p.m.

8:28 p.m.

7:45 p.m.

7:39 p.m.


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