You’ve Heard of Fornite, but What About Apex Legends

Just a couple of weeks ago one of my high school students, who talks regularly about Fortnite, mentioned a new game had just “dropped” – Apex Legends. He said that Fornite was dying and Apex was already breaking records. I’m not much a gamer (meaning I don’t play at all), but it turns out he was right. Apex is currently the hottest battle royale game out there.

An article published on AP News shared the following numbers about Apex Legends:

“Apex” had 25 million downloads in its first week, crushing the “Fortnite” mark of 10 million over its first two weeks after launching in 2017.

8.28 million hours of “Apex” were streamed on Twitch, topping the “Fortnite” mark of 6.6 million from July 20, per The Esports Observer.

The numbers are pretty astounding : 25 million downloads in one week and over 8 million hours streamed!

According to the article, players were being recruited to play the game. One 18-year old from Florida is thought to be the best Apex player in the world and was signed by NRG Esports, a company that puts teams together to play on various streaming markets like Twitch. He won $200,000 in a Twitch Rivals Apex Tournament! $200,000!

While we know that no game, even Fortnite, will last forever, Apex Legends has stormed on to the scene and captured the attention of gamers everywhere. While it is free, players can pay for different outfits and other upgrades.

If you have a student who plays Fortnite, they probably already know about Apex Legends. Many of our students are spending many hours on either Fortnite or Apex and whatever may come down the pipe next. You might want to check in with them to see what they are currently playing or watching other people play.

You can read the entire AP article to not only get more information, but also to watch a video of Apex Legends being played.