‘Apex Legends’ Is Replacing ‘Fortnite’ as the King of Battle Royale Games

Yolanda Curtis
February 13, 2019

In case you've missed all the news about Apex Legends over the last week: it's a new free-to-play battle royale made by Respawn and published by Electronic Arts.

In other words, in four days the game attracted 15 million players worldwide.

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.

Spotted by several Apex Legends players, who have now taken to r/nessysecrets with their gumshoe abilities, there appears to be 10 Nessy dolls in total scattered around the map. Fortnite still has an extremely large players base sitting at around 200 million, as well as billions in the bank to improve the game.

So that means people that aren't necessarily streaming the game are deeply enjoying watching it - so much so that it's knocked Fortnite off the top spot: "Apex had an average viewership of 183,089 over that time, almost 70,000 more than the 115,947 average viewer count of Fortnite" notes Dexerto.

Apex Legends will then introduce cross-play for all at a later date but can not afford to miss this opportunity. But the point is that calling Apex Legends a success (at least at launch) would be an understatement.

Currently, Apex Legends only lets players battle it out in squads of three, which is somewhat unusual for the battle royale genre.

Apex Legends is only a week old, though you wouldn't know it considering it has scored 25,000,000 unique player accounts and over 2,000,000 players have been online concurrently, both numbers setting new records.

An initial advantage over Call of Duty:Black Out and PUBG is that Apex is free-to-play. This is still exciting news for mobile gamers, though. Apex Legends is wildly popular on Twitch.

There are rumours that ranked play could be coming to Apex Legends while the season 1 Battle Pass launch is just around the corner.

So, the question that is on everyone's mind, is Apex Legends really "the Fortnite Killer"?

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