Apex Legends is officially the most popular battle royale title on Twitch, at least for the first week of November.
According to Twitchtracker, Apex Legends is currently ranked fifth in terms of overall audience, attracting an average of 97,800 viewers, which surpasses all other BR titles like Warzone and Fortnite. Their numbers also narrowly beat Call of Duty: Vanguard, despite the hype about Vanguard’s recent release. It also beats VALORANT, a game that has also seen significant success on Twitch.
The rise of Apex Legends has been slow and steady over the past year. While Warzone previously held the Twitch throne, and before that Fortnite held the Battle Royale title, Apex Legends has quietly grown in popularity. The game saw a huge boost from players entering Season 10 this summer after many influencers like Nick Mercs and TimTheTatman made the leap to the game of Warzone, which has been (and is) overrun by pirates.
Since their arrival in the game, influencers like Nick Mercs don’t just bring their audiences in, they also actively organize events. For example, Nick Mercs recently hosted the MFAM Gauntlet, a $ 50,000 tournament sponsored by EA. These events have certainly helped bring Apex Legends to the public eye and attract more viewers to the game on Twitch.
The recent success of the game is also facilitated by the fact that Season 11 was recently dropped, bringing with it a brand new map, a new pistol, and the new Legend Ash. The new season has received fairly positive reviews overall, from both casuals and pros alike.
For its part, Warzone has slipped to 14th place on the overall list of games on Twitch, attracting less than half of the views Apex Legends averages. The slide, to be fair, is probably due in part to the release of Vanguard, as many Call of Duty: Warzone players are likely interested in this game as well, dividing the overall COD audience among several titles.
Whatever the reason, it’s clear Warzone is suffering from interest, at least for now. Activision has launched the Pacific update for Warzone, which drops in December and brings for the first time a new map, new weapons, and an anti-cheat system. Only time will tell if these changes will be enough to bring players and viewers back to Warzone.