For 11 consecutive months, Fortnite was the most-watched game on Twitch. And then Apex Legends happened.
According to GitHyp (via PC Gamer), Apex Legends had both the highest average concurrent viewer count and highest peak viewers throughout the month of February. It beat Fortnite‘s peak of 615,000 viewers by about 55,000 and averaged 212,000 viewers per hour.
Fortunately for Fortnite fans, the king is back on the throne with the launch of Season 8. Respawn’s game is now averaging only 123,000 per hour, while Epic’s game is closer to 175,000. And as of this writing, Epic’s battle royale game is back on top by a lot. It’s currently sitting at 358,653 viewers, while Apex Legends has slid all the way down to 110,719, but that could have something to do with Ninja and Gotaga teaming up for a stream.
Apex Legends has seen an insane adoption rate when it launched earlier in February. So far, 50 million players have downloaded the free-to-play game in just a few weeks. Before that, it hit 25 million players five weeks before Fortnite did, but that could be do to the meteoric rise of the genre thanks to Epic’s game.
It will be interesting to see if Apex can retain the top spot in March, but it’s going to be tough to compete with Fortnite‘s new season. The game’s first battle pass, which is expected to launch next week, will potentially add a new character, so that could give Apex streamers something new to explore, but none of the changes coming with the update seem as interesting or as game-changing as Fortnite‘s Season 8 map changes.