Less than a week after our review of Apex Legends, new data arrives telling of the quickly-growing popularity of the new battle royale game. While it is known that Apex Legends toppled Fortnite‘s two-week download record of 10 million with 25 million downloads in its first week, it was just announced that Apex Legends has also surpassed Fortnite in terms of number of hours of streamed gameplay in a day — beating Fortnite‘s July 20 record of 6.6 million hours on Twitch with 8.28 million hours.
Many are commenting that it’s the more “competitive” nature of the game, allowing the game to be easily implemented into the eSports circuit; just six days after its release, NRG eSports put together an all-star team to take home $200,000 USD in prize money. Another big push also comes from Apex Legends‘ developers and publisher, Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts, as they were quick to call upon popular Fornite players/streamers Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Richard “KingRichard” Nelson, and Coby “Dizzy” Meadows to experience the game, naturally putting their existing viewers onto the newly introduced title.
What do you think? Does the game live up to the hype? Can the two games exist simultaneously given their distinct game styles and fanbase?
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