Well, all of those rumors turned out to be true and Apex Legends is now taking over the video game world with already over ten million players. He dealt 5,376 damage in a period of 18 minutes and 11 seconds, and amassed 33 solo kills in total. The game has been dominating on Twitch since its release and many players have loved what they have played so far.
As someone who has lost touch with the battle royale genre, this game has revitalized that feeling that I first had when I couldn't stop playing PUBG. Dizzy killed over half the players on the server. All told, that's an extra 9,500 people.
It remains to be seen what updates get added to Apex Legends to keep this staggering momentum going. More than 25 million players have now tried Apex Legends, Respawn's Vince Zampella announced in a blog post. As a new Battle Royale, it is pulling in insane numbers on both Twitch and in general.
Free-to-play Apex Legends could be a competitor to the wildly popular game Fortnite, Bank of America Merrill Lynch suggested in a note, upgrading shares to buy.
As of Friday, the game was the most viewed on gaming live-streaming network Twitch. Though EA's financial results over the last holiday season were disappointing (in part because of Fortnite's popularity), Pachter expects Apex Legends to contribute $100 million to EA's revenues in its next fiscal year.
In an interview with Eurogamer, lead producer Drew McCoy has addressed whether the free-to-play game will make its way to the Switch, stating that although there is "nothing [they] can now talk about", the studio would love to bring Apex Legends to the Nintendo Switch in the future. The firm had recently lowered its annual revenue projections thanks to poor sales of Battlefield V, but this week's news has already triggered a stock surge that erased its previous losses.
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