EA / Respawn’s Apex Legends came out of nowhere (literally) with no marketing or hype and on it’s gameplay merits alone has claimed 50 million players in the first month of it’s availability.
The assumption naturally is that those players came from some other title to become Apex players. Analysits and arm chair industry voices proclaimed a mass exodus from Fortnite was the catalyst for that huge growth. Was it though?
While at GDC to announce that Fortnite had passed 250 million players worldwide, Epic CEO told Venturebeat:
“We haven’t seen any visible cut into Fortnite. It’s a funny thing. The only game you can see where its peaks cut into Fortnite playtime is FIFA.”
That means that either Apex players were stolen from other games like PUBG or that they are new to the genera thanks to Respawn’s pedigree and gameplay evolutions.
Either way, Apex and Fortnite are here to stay.