Respawn’s surprise BR, Apex Legends, broke the single-day viewership record on Tuesday with 8.28 million hours watched. Fortnite previously held the record with 6.6 million hours.
Besides the hours accrued by large, popular streamers like Shroud and DrDisrespect, the first Apex Legends tournament was held on the Twitch platform, contributing to the record day. Twitch Rivals, which hosts tournaments that pits popular streamers against each other, put on a $200,000 tournament for the new game. Streamers like Shroud, DrDisrespect, Ninja, and others competed on the first day on Tuesday. Ninja and co. took home the first prize of $8,000. Day Two of the Apex Legends Twitch Rivals begins on Tuesday, February 19th.
Can anyone beat Apex?
Apex Legends continues to surprise the BR world with its blend of classes, special abilities, and random map objectives. Consequently, Apex Legends has enjoyed top viewership on Twitch since its release, beating other BRs like Fortnite. As of Thursday morning, it is second to only the CS:GO Major in terms of viewership on Twitch with over 140 thousand viewers.
Apex Legends has forced other battle royales to try to keep up. This week, Fortnite announced that its Season 8 battle pass would be free, but only by completing a set list of challenges in lieu of paying for the pass. The pass can still be purchased as normal. Additionally, Battlefield 5's BR mode, called Firestorm, also releases this week.
Apex Legends also hit another milestone in its first two weeks of release, namely reaching the much-vaunted 25 million player mark. Additionally, it also boasted 2 million concurrent players over launch weekend. Respawn also seems to be planning special holiday skins, as they released two exclusive Valentine’s Day skins for purchase yesterday.
Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, had this to say of Apex’s two weeks’ worth of accomplishments: “From everyone here at Respawn, thank you. The community’s excitement for Apex Legends is electric, and we feel it here at the studio. We couldn’t have gotten where we are without you and look forward to having you on this journey with us.”
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