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Apex Legends hits new Steam concurrent player record

Apex Legends hits new Steam concurrent player record

EA and Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends just hit a new high for concurrent users on Steam.

As reported by Steam Charts – and spotted by PCGamesN – the free-to-play battle royale title boasts an all-time high of 129,928 users. The game hit this milestone over the weekend (Saturday, January 30th).

That's a 13.7 per cent increase on the peak of 112,076 simultaneous users that Apex Legends managed to attract the previous month. During January, the battle royale title saw an average of 71,885 users, a slight decline from the 74,957 that it brought in when it launched in November.

That's in part due to the excitement associated with the title launching on a new platform bringing people in two months ago, while players likely tuned into Apex Legends in the last few weeks as the seventh season of content came to a close; people were rushing to land the new unlockable goodies that came with this. Season 8 of Apex Legends – dubbed Mayhem – drops on February 2nd, bringing in new character Fuse.

Apex Legends launched back in February 2019 and by October of that year had attracted more than 70 million players. EA said in November 2020 that the game is on track to bring in $1bn in revenue by the end of March 2021.

The battle royale giant was part of a wave of EA games that were released on Steam following years of the publisher launching its titles on its own Origin platform.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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