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A free-to-play battle royale game from Respawn Entertainment, this game title was published by Electronic Arts in 2019 and is now in its fourth season, with each season running for three-months. Apex Legends, set in Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall universe, sees up to 20 three-person squads land on the game island. First task is to scavenge for weapons and supplies whilst watching out for other teams as they grab weapons and join the fight. Players also have to keep moving to stay inside the play area. Last team standing wins the game.
The game emerged out of stealth, with no prior marketing, and game experts assuming Respawn was working on a third version of the Titanfall game.
Apex Legends has been reviewed well as a potential competitor to Fortnite Battle Royale and it pulls gameplay elements from a number of game genres and titles. In fact, Fortnite’s February 2020 season launch appears to have taken some inspiration from the new title too. The new online sensation had achieved 50 million players within the first month after publishing and 70 million monthly players by October 2019.
In the game, players choose from pre-built characters dubbed “Legends,” which include outlaws, soldiers, misfits and, as per Apex, “misanthropes,” and each character has their own set of skills. Apex says the game is a “strategic battle royale,” with players combining skills to make up their squads and needing to master their Legend’s abilities.
Combat and gameplay features include Respawn Beacons, Smart Comms, Intelligent Inventory and Jumpmaster deployment.
Apex Legends’ esports tournaments have already begun and EA will launch the first Apex Legends esports league in 2020 with the Apex Legends Global Series. The circuit will have 12 global live events, including four “majors,” where the game’s top PC players will compete. The Apex Legends Global Series Championship will have a $1 million prize pool, with over $3 million in prize money committed to the tournament in total.
Number of players
When Apex Legends launched in early 2019 it achieved over 10 million players in its first 72 hours live and 2.5 million players in its first 24 hours.
By the end of its first week Apex Legends had achieved 25 million players and was up to 50 million by the end of its first month. By October 2019 the new game had 70 million players globally.
Over $3 million in prize money has been awarded across 86 professional Apex Legends tournaments and to 758 players, as per Esports Earnings.
viewers a month
As of March 2020, and statistics from Sully Gnome there are an average of 29,000 Apex Legends viewers on Twitch each month.
March 2020 saw over 1,700,000 hours of streamed Apex Legends content and there are at least 2,300 channels streaming the game.