So if you haven’t heard of or seen some gameplay of Apex Legends this week you have to be living under a rock. The newest battle royale game has taken the gaming world by storm. After having little to no promotion leading up to the release. Since releasing on Monday Apex Legends has been the number one game on twitch and has had some of the biggest streamers on twitch playing it (Ninja, Dr.Disrespect, Summit1g to name a few).  Within 72 hours of the game’s release, Respawn Entertainment announced the game has had 10 million unique players.

If you haven’t been able to watch any of the gameplay Apex Legends is an extremely fast paced first person battle royale game in the universe of Titanfall 2. The game features multiple characters that you can choose from at the beginning of each game and each has different special abilities. The combination of extremely fast gameplay super smooth movement mechanics and weapon customization makes this an extremely refreshing take on the battle royale genre.

Apex Legends clearly had little to no promotion leading up to the release on Monday 2/4/2019. Respawn Entertainment however, clearly spared no expense in partnering with large streamers to promote the game from release and moving forward, as you can see based on the numbers on Twitch.

Is Apex Legends going to be the game that takes over as the largest game in the world from Fortnite? Not at this point, no, since Apex Legends does not currently have crossplay capabilities. Apex is not in a position to maintain the kind of audience that Fortnite has been keeping for over a year now. If Apex Legends is able to bring crossplay capability out, then the possibilities are endless.

It is going to be interesting to watch and see if Apex can keep the viewership and player numbers for an extended period of time or if this is just another game that will stay popular for a few days then fizzle out like many other attempts at battle royale games have. Fortnite has season 8 coming up in a few weeks and this will most likely be the biggest test Apex Legends will face early on in terms of player numbers. So far it seems that Apex released at the perfect time. It is near the end of the current Fortnite season and expectedly has become a bit repetitive and Apex offers that new experience to play.