For the past couple of weeks, the video game industry has been taken aback by the wonder that is Apex Legends. Game journalists and players alike have sung it’s praises, with some declaring it a Fortnite killer. Apex has reached tremendous heights in a short amount of time. Gathering over 25 million players in just a few days, it’s release has been hugely successful for EA and the game’s creator, Respawn Entertainment. Today, Epic released some concurrent player stats that could put a cold towel on some of the Apex hype.
“Today, Epic released some concurrent player stats that could put a cold towel on some of the Apex hype.”
Letting The Stats Talk
Epic revealed to Variety Magazine that Fortnite saw it’s biggest non-event day ever on Saturday, February 16th. On the 16th, Fortnite peaked at a whopping 7.6 million concurrent players. This directly contradicts some of the assumptions of the gaming community and even some of our own reporting. On that day and many others Apex has trounced Fortnite in the Twitch directory. It’s possible that Twitch isn’t the gaming barometer that everyone thinks it is.
“On the 16th, Fortnite peaked at a whopping 7.6 million concurrent players. “
EA announced via press release that Apex had accrued over 2 million concurrent players at it’s peak. An impressive number but paltry in comparison to Fortnite. This is particularly interesting because of the hype and strong Twitch viewership of Apex Legends. On February 12th, Apex broke Fortnite’s record (from way back in Season 5) for most viewing hours on Twitch in one day.
Pay To Win
That record-breaking day, however, was during a period in which EA paid big streamers to play the game. For an entire week, paid Twitch influencers spent an amazing amount of time playing the game. It’s possible, that paid streamers propelled Apex to break that Twitch record. That after all, was the driving force behind EA’s marketing strategy and why they sponsored so many content creators for so long.
The Marshmello Concert
Lastly, Epic also revealed player counts related to the in-game Marshmello concert. On February 2nd, 10.7 million players logged in to watch the performance. That event holds the record for most concurrent players in Fortnite ever.