Apex Legends is a free Battle Royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment, and was released on February 4th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game has already posted more than 25 million downloads and has peaked at two million simultaneous players since its release, according to EA Games. On Twitch TV, the game also became a phenomenon with an average audience of 250,000 people in the last week. Even Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, one of the biggest streamers in the world, has already made lives playing Apex and has participated in the first tournament of the game.
The worldwide success of Apex places it as a strong competitor of two other great games of the genre: Fortnite and PUBG. Here is a comparison between the numbers and records beaten by the current main Battle Royales.
Apex Legends vs Fortnite
According to EA, Apex Legends reached 10 million downloads in just 72 hours after its release. The game also reached 25 million downloads and two million concurrent players in a week. Fortnite hit the 10 million mark two weeks after launching the Battle Royale mode in September 2017, fewer than what Apex has achieved so far.
The Epic Games title, in turn, reached 200 million registered players and 8.3 million simultaneous players in November 2018. The two games are free to play, but Fortnite is present on more platforms, e.g. the Nintendo Switch and the mobile version for Android and iPhone (iOS).
Battle of numbers
Fortnite is one of the most successful games on Twitch TV: there were 107 million hours of on-platform broadcasts in just the last 30 days. Throughout June 2018, 1.5 million people attended the game, so far the highest audience reached by the Battle Royale.
The numbers, however, began to decline with the release of Apex Legends. At the time of writing this story, 568,000 people were watching the streams of Apex Legends, while 97,000 spectators were registered at Fortnite.
Apex Legends vs PUBG
PUBG Corp. made the game available to early access in March 2017 for PC. In December of the same year, it reached the record 3 million concurrent players on Steam. Only in late 2018 did PUBG Corp make the game available for PS4 and Xbox One.
Apex Legends had 2 million concurrent players totaling from all platforms. A major difference from PUBG is the fact that you have to purchase the game, while EA’s release is free.
Among the live broadcasts, Apex Legends beat the competitor’s popularity by a large margin. In the last seven days, there have been more than 41 million hours broadcast on Twitch, against just four million for PUBG. The record number of 6,000 channels were broadcasting the Battle Royale of 2017 on the platform in April 2018. On February 10th, Apex Legends recorded a peak of 18,000 streamers. At the time of this post, Apex had 568,000 simultaneous viewers, compared to 27,000 of the competition.