Apex Legends passed 600,000 concurrent players in 24 hours

    
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Amidst the bad news for Electronic Arts yesterday, there was a note of positivity when it comes to Apex Legends. You may remember the battle royale game from launching in full out of absolutely nowhere without any promotion, and that out-of-nowhere surprise managed to pick up 2.5 million overall players within 24 hours of launch. It hit peak concurrency with 600,000 players, which is pretty darn great for a game which started its marketing blitz by launching without ceremony.

Fans are promised that the game will operate as a live title with new Legends, new gameplay modes, and a potential mobile version in the future. There are also talks about esports in the game’s future, because it’s a battle royale title so of course that would happen. So that’s good news for those who have tried and enjoy the game; it appears that the two biggest battle royale titles may not have this genre sewn up tight just yet after all.

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Alex Willis

This game has rushed into the PR spotlight out of nowhere, from my perspective. The only thing on my games feeds for the past 3 days has been this friggin’ thing. You damn kids with your electronic games and your “trends” — why can’t you be happy with mud and yelling at clouds, like we used to?

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Haha different world for sure. While growing up i was gone all day, (only a general idea where i was) home for supper, whoof that down as fast as possible, and back out till bedtime. The most time i ever spent indoors was sleeping. To a world when i was raising 2 boys, parents be like; OMFG!!!!!! they crossed the sidewalk in front of the house. So hard to blame kids today, back then there was fuck all to do inside, you had your friends and all social was in person. To now freaking homes are entertainment centers ffs, and with wide spread terror media hard to blame parents for being over protective and kids have everything we had to go to arcades for, and all friends are on their phones.

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The best features in Apex Legends is the pinging system and the respawning system. Every BR game should immediately clone those two features right now.

As for competition, this game ain’t competing against Fortnite or PUBg. It’s actually competing against Black Ops 4 Blackout. Activision dropped the ball with Blackout, the devs are updating the game so slowly, but then again, they already got your $60 already, so they probably don’t care.

Although I’m not sure if EA is going to be making alot of money with Apex Legends. The cosmetics are so lackluster and pale in comparison to Fortnite or even Overwatch. Not sure if people are willing to fork over the cash for those cosmetics.

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Your Honor

It’s a free, AAA game from a huge publisher and a well-known developer. It would be surprising if it didn’t get that type of attention. Frankly less than a million players for a free game? Seems kinda low to me.

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Greaterdivinity

600k concurrent on a surprise launch is pretty freakin amazing. It would be less so if this had a proper marketing campaign, but IIRC they’re up to over 2M users and at least the 600K concurrent players in 48 hours. Those are good numbers no matter what game you are.

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Your Honor

Fortnite was a surprise launch too that took them two months to develop. It’s arguable that Apex had much more initial exposure due to “influencers” actively pushing the game which wasn’t the case for Epics game. These numbers would be impressive if this was a buy to play game, or if it came from a small studio/publisher. The fact that it’s currently being played by more people than other games on twitch says nothing at all other than the fact that it’s the new shiny thing. CoD had more people playing it right after launch and that’s a full priced game.
I can’t wait to see what the retention is going to be like.

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hurbster

Not my cup of tea.

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IronSalamander8 .

Looked it up a bit over lunch. Definitely has potential and apparently it’s team BR as they have a healer. Needs more characters as it only has 8 I could find, but it certainly looks better than PuBG.

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Greaterdivinity

Downloaded it and poked around in the tutorial last night. Seems alright. Queued up and instantly got anxious since this is a team-based game and I always get anxious during those…ended up dropping out. Need to stop being such a big baby and remember that most of the other folks playing are going to be just as awful as me and actually dive in.

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Armsbend

That and if you are bad so what? No one is going to take your gamer card away. Do what I told my girl to do if someone is mean to her on the playground – turn back and walk away without a word

[i literally told her to do this 30 minutes ago :)]

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Veldan

I’m absolutely terrible (I never play FPS) but noone has been mean to me yet :)

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Hikari Kenzaki

I am like level 5 with 0 kills. Don’t worry about it.

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rafael12104

Hey, it doesn’t matter if you suck. Most people won’t be pros and those that think they are will be joining with premade groups.

Nah, this is a game you play when you can’t be bothered to do anything useful or meaningful. Lol. Doesn’t matter if you suck because it’s still fun.

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Don’t stress it, players that are on top want to be on top, it’s what they play for. I play for fun so as long as you’re contributing or trying no one will have a problem with you coming in last.

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rafael12104

Ok. Well, it’s a busy morning here at MOP discussions.

I tried Apex and it was fun. Basically as has been mentioned, it is the best of PUBG with the best of Fortnite thrown in and a dash of RPG. The result a waffle with strawberries and whip cream. Not good for the MMORPG diet but a tasty guilty pleasure.

Yes, I said RPG. You actually choose a class. Each class has distinct abilities and a unique Ultimate. And man, that shit is like a good desert. (I must be hungry)

Will it outshine PUBG and or Fortnite? Hmm. Not sure, but the game is good enough to carry it’s own water. And there are many PUBG and Fortnite players who are looking for something new.

I don’t think it will topple PUBG or Fortnite anytime soon. BUT it will remain a tough competitor. It’s H1Z1 and games of that ilk that will feel the pain, for sure.

Oh, and this is a case in verse of the impact streamers can have on games of this type. Apex’s genius move was to bypass ads and hype competing with Epic and go directly to gamers who like games like this via streamers.

Streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer go up another notch.

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PurpleCopper

I’m pretty sure every game in the future is going to advertise on Twitch using sponsored streamers.

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rafael12104

Agree. And who knows what else could benefit,. right? Gaming chairs, keyboards redbull, etc. etc. Heh.

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Armsbend

watching Ninja’s stream he had a Red Bull banner up, a glowing redbull fridge in the corner of his desk, ‘Cosair’ banner on the other side and all his specs listed below. And he was an #Apex Partner. And he was getting tipped and subs on a minute by minute basis.

Me jealous? Nah.

Well maybe a little.

Okay maybe a lot.

A lot.

side story – I bought a gamer chair through direct google advertisement on youtube the other day. I was on WRUP chatting about what chair to get, a minute later I get an ad, do some research, found out it was good and bought it.

It was Secret Lab and it’s the best chair I’ve ever owned by a mile. My back has not hurt since and it used to hurt almost every night from a cheap Office Depot chair.

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rafael12104

Exactly. Pretty soon, streamers will be pitching cereals, Hotpockets, and Red Baron pizzas. Money in the bank.

Hmm. I’m looking for a permanent chair. Every few months I switch them out for other chairs lying around the house. I’ll have to check it out.

See, streamer sponsorships freaking work. Heh.

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Armsbend

It’s 60,000 with a direct correlation to the thing you are pitching. they watch, enamored with the product as someone very skilled showing how good it works in the hands of a pro.

it is an advertisers dream really. I bet you get as much or more bang out of a day long twitch sponsorship than you’d get out of a $5M superbowl ad.

last night I watched TimTheFatman open up boxes for a few minutes. He was acted so excited everytime he opened a purple skin versus the same skin but yellow. This is so fun!!!!

Someone needs to be watching these guys like they do tv/radio.

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It’s a solid game, not well-optimized though in my opinion. Not that the optimization is terrible, it’s just not great for an FPS game that is PvP focused.

I understand why companies try to push the esports agenda, it’s easy advertising for their games, but a lot of these games really aren’t designed in a way that is great for esports.

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Veldan

Not well optimized? My PC is 6 years old and the game has been nothing but smooth o.O

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Smooth means different things to different people. Console players for example often think 30-60 fps seems smooth.

When top streamers with 2080ti video cards can drop to sub 100fps on 1920×1080 that’s not well-optimized.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It’s a fun game with a lot of new features. The ability to play effectively without voice chat is nice and the focus on actual team play is cool to see.

I suck at it, but it’s definitely up there on my list of BRs I’d actually play.

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K38FishTacos

How does it let you play effectively without voice chat? Just curious. It seems like teams with voice chat would always have a big advantage.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It has a contextual communication system which duplicates pretty much anything you might need to say from “I’m under attack” to “I need a scope for my sniper rifle”
Other examples include “I need ammo for an LMG,” or “There is a holo sight, grade 3 here”

It’s just a very nice feature to have for those of us that prefer not to use voice chat all the time.

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K38FishTacos

Thanks for the answer. I hate using voice chat with total strangers, so this is an attractive point.

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rafael12104

Yup. That system is very cool.

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Koshelkin

It doesn’t matter how many they had on their first day when everyone was testing it out, it’s important how many of these people are going to stay.

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Armsbend

And if any of their streamers will stick around after the checks stop rolling.

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rafael12104

At least two big streamers will.

Shroud and Doc aren’t influencers anymore they are now partners with Apex.

What does that mean? Heh. Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m sure it includes streaming Apex several times a week and Apex events of all types.

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Armsbend

Partner means they are being paid at the moment.

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rafael12104

Ah, ok. Thanks.

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Armsbend

I think it is Twitch’s bad version of Truth In Advertising.

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Koshelkin

This might be an issue nowadays, yes.

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Armsbend

Games like that pos pirate game Atlas. Big 3 day numbers then went to nothing just as fast. Was the initial onslaught because of ‘me-too’. was it to check it out? were they paid?

a few weeks after launch Atlas might as well be dead. might be a streaming/sales trend we will see.