In the aftermath of Apex Legends, which has quickly grown to 50 million players, many have wondered if Fortnite feels the impact.
However, Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games told GamesBeat that Apex did not really do a dent. Without being asked about apex legends, Sweeney said "an apex legend value" has come to Fortnite from players.
"We're about to hit 250 million Fortnite players," Sweeney said. "Since Apex Legends came out we've won Fortunite players for Apex Legends, which is amazing."
He said the only game Fortnite player took away from Fortnite was FIFA.
"After Apex was gone, we twice reached a Fortnite event without an event," Sweeney said. "We have not seen any visible incision in Fortnite. It's a funny thing. The only game you can see where the summits intervene in the Fortnite season is FIFA. It is another game for everyone, who is very popular all over the world. "
On the one hand, Apex has only about one-fifth of Fortnite's players. In a world where Netflix sees Fortnite as a bigger threat than HBO, the size of the two games is not comparable.
However, Apex is gaining serious steam. It only took seven days for Apex to reach 25 million users (Fortnite 41
As impressive as it may be Assumed that a game like Apex, a relative laggard of the Battle Royale genre, would grow faster as it leverages the work and growth of the entire industry. It's also worth noting that EA paid a pretty big penny for the successful launch of Apex Legends. Ninja alone earned $ 1 million for streaming the game at the start of the game.
"What Apex Legends has done is getting shooters back on track, in and out, depending on what's popular," Sweeney said. "It's great to see other games playing Battle Royale, adding their unique spin, and driving the industry forward."
Adding a unique spin is exactly what Apex Legends has done. They've taken over the basic building blocks of Battle Royale and the freely playable model, and in a way, they've done better.
When it comes to the game, Apex is a decidedly team-oriented game, complete with a beautifully executed non-verbal communication system and a Jumpmaster mechanic to encourage teammates to land and play as a unit. In addition, Apex uses a hero system to give each character their own unique abilities.
Not only does this make every fight interesting, it also gives Apex another way to make money than the recently launched BattlePass. The company just unveiled its first new character, which can be unlocked with Apex Coins, the virtual currency of the game.
Only time will tell if Respawn and EA can hold on to something like Fortnite, which has become a pop culture phenomenon. However, there is a clear winner in this epic competition between Fortnite and Apex and the players.