Battle royale shooter game Apex Legends has lost most of its Twitch viewers within two months of it being available. EA Games initially paid popular streamers to broadcast the game, bumping the game to the first spot on release.
According to various Twitch monitoring websites, Apex Legends had an average of 280.000 viewers in the first couple of weeks of being available. The game is a free to play battle royale shooter.
A large number of those initial viewers were the result of paid streaming of the game. Publisher EA Games paid popular streamers to show off the game to their viewers, skewing the popularity metrics on the platform in the process.
Now that the initial hype has faded, the game is currently the 10th most viewed game on the streaming platform, below PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and even Overwatch, sitting at 25.000 viewers on average and decreasing every day.
In our review of the game we gave it a 7 out of 10, noting that it wasn't as innovative as it claimed to be and that pure aiming skill had effectively been replaced by strategy and special abilities.
Apex Legends released on February 4, 2019, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.