Friday, 22 February, 2019

Fortnite rival Apex Legends hits 25M users in just one week

The dreaded connection error screen in Apex Legends The dreaded connection error screen in Apex Legends
Troy Mann | 13 February, 2019, 02:09

Respawn has announced that its free to play game, APEX Legends, has surpassed more than 25 million players and had well over 2 million concurrent players at its peak.

While many players have already secured victories on the game, not many will have won a game with as many eliminations as this triumphant trio, who set a new world record in the process.

"Apex Legends" signed up 10 million players within three days of its launch, EA said last week, a milestone that Fortnite had taken two weeks to reach.

Then there's the fact that a number of the biggest Fortnite players, including Ninja, have struck deals with EA to stream Apex Legends to their tens of thousands of fans.

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Much of Fortnite's success can be attributed to its support for so many platforms; it can now be played on Nintendo Switch and even Android and iOS, where it has no competition from EA for now. "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is privately held, though Chinese investment firm Tencent Holding (OTC: TCEHY) holds about a 40 percent stake. Here's a few reasons why Apex Legends stands out from the rest.

Apex Legends is a new battle royale shooter game that groups players into competing squads. It's still too early to tell if Apex Legends can actually go the distance against established games in the battle royale genre, but early indicators are definitely positive, to say the least.

Thankfully, Apex Legends' release seems to have had a huge effect on the Titanfall 2 player count! This is still exciting news for mobile gamers, though.

Mostly quality-of-life UI tweaks paired with smooth, accessible but competitive gameplay, are the kickers that make Apex Legends so attractive. Furthermore, the group drop-in system gives teams a more efficient way to land in close proximity to each other; no fall damage is like a gift from the gaming gods; and respawning downed teammates gives players a second chance to get back in to the fight. "The community's excitement for Apex Legends is electric, and we feel it here at the studio".

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