Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

‘Apex Legends’ Reaches 25 Million Players, 2 Million Concurrent at Peak

‘Apex Legends’ Reaches 25 Million Players, 2 Million Concurrent at Peak

It's pretty insane but APEX Legends was able to surpass 25 million players in a week. "We're very excited about Apex Legends, the upcoming launch of Anthem, and a deep line-up of new experiences that we'll bring to our global communities next fiscal year". After one week, the game has already surpassed 25 million gamers and has "well over two million" concurrent players, according to Respawn CEO Vince Zampella.

Apex Legends, the video game rival to Epic Games' smash hit Fortnite, has amassed 25 million registered users just one week after its launch, publisher Electronic Arts announced late Monday. It's also become a fixture of Twitch and YouTube, although that's also been true of other titles, most of which then faded into near-obscurity as many content creators moved back to games like Fortnite.

While Apex Legends has just had a high-profile release, another one is just around the corner. Threads have since popped up on the Titanfall 2, Apex, and PC gaming subreddits from players giving it a go or encouraging others to, and the consensus is in: Titanfall 2 still kicks ass. Though EA's financial results over the last holiday season were disappointing (in part because of Fortnite's popularity), Pachter expects Apex Legends to contribute $100 million to EA's revenues in its next fiscal year. By hour 72, AL hit a whopping 10 million players, beating out Fortnite, which took two weeks to hit that mark. That said, it looks like Respawn and EA are only getting started, as they've begun detailing what's on the horizon for the free-to-play battle royale title.

In games like Overwatch and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, players take on the role of specific characters who each have their own personalities, voices, backstories, and abilities. Earlier today, livestream data website Gamoloco's founder, incolas, tweeted that players watched more than seven million hours in a single day. The real difficulty at the moment seems to be adapting a frantic shooter like Apex Legends for touch controls.

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