Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Apex Legends Quickly Surpasses Fortnite

Apex Legends Quickly Surpasses Fortnite

Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends was released on February 4, and it's already become a huge hit.

The incredible performance saw the trio kill over 66% of players in the lobby, an incredible feat considering the size of the map, and the unlikeliness that every player in the game lands in a similar area.

"Despite having over 600,000 less total hours streamed than Fortnite in the past seven days, Apex Legends incredibly has had nearly 11 million more total hours watched", notes Dexerto. "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is privately held, though Chinese investment firm Tencent Holding (OTC: TCEHY) holds about a 40 percent stake. Apex Legends is nowhere close to Fortnite, however, as the game-which is much older-has 200 million players and a peak concurrent user record of 8.3 million. 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.

Analysts from Baird said that the update should provide investors with better visibility that "Apex Legends" could be a "meaningful hit" for EA over the coming year. Each character adds exciting new ways to approach a match with a different level of strategy mixed in.

The success of Apex Legends is doubly interesting because it's published by Electronic Arts, one of the traditional game publishers that has struggled in the wake of Fortnite. Folks just like Apex Legends enough to check out Titanfall 2. You may have something to look forward to once the initial rush is over, especially if hints of solo and duo modes prove accurate.

And it does sound like Respawn is planning for some kind of Apex Legends crossplay support in the future.

There's always 99 problems to worry about while playing in a battle royale game, but Apex's loot system isn't one. But if it doesn't acknowledge the complaints of the community in season eight, Fortnite may slowly lose its crown as the biggest battle royale game.

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