Apex Legends, the latest battle royale game to hit the scene, has been able to grow to a community of over 50 million players since it launched on February 4, but has Epic Games felt the impact?
Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney sat down with GamesBeat on March 21 to discuss Fortnite, Apex, and other competitors in the video game space.
Sweeney reported that Fortnite is “close to hitting 250 million players” and the game has “gained an Apex Legends worth of Fortnite players”.
Apex Legends has approximately one-fifth the player count that Fortnite has, at around 50 million.
Apex Legends launched on February 4 with several personalities promoting the game through paid partnerships, like Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek.
It was reported that Respawn paid some influencers loads of cash to promote Apex Legends, with Ninja earning a cool million.
Even though Apex Legends has gone on to beat Fortnite’s player count records, with 25 million players jumping in to King’s Canyon within the first week and 50 million within one month.
To compare stats, it took Fortnite about four months to hit 50 million players while it only took Apex Legends 30 days.
To be fair, part of the reason Apex Legends was able to reach success so quickly was because of the groundwork that Fortnite laid out in 2017 and 2018.
Some Fortnite fans were worried that Apex Legends has been negatively effecting the game, however, Sweeney claims that is not the case.
“We hit a Fortnite non-event peak twice after Apex was out,” He continued with, “We haven’t seen any visible cut into Fortnite. It’s a funny thing. The only game you can see where it peaks cut into Fortnite playtime is FIFA. It’s another game for everybody, wildly popular around the world.”
Even though many see Apex Legends as a direct competitor to Fortnite, Sweeney feels differentl by telling GamesBeat, “What Apex Legends has done is re-energized a lot of shooter players, people who come in and out of shooters depending on what is popular. It is awesome to see other games picking up on battle royale, adding their unique spin to it and advancing the state of the industry.”
Apex Legends launched their first season on March 19 with a similar structure to Fortnite’s season and battle pass.
Apex Legends has been out for a few months, so only time will tell if Respawn can build a product to truly rival Epic Game’s Fortnite.