Apex Legends closes in on 200k concurrent Steam players

Apex Legends closes in on 200k concurrent Steam players

Respawn's battle royale title Apex Legends has once again reached new levels of concurrent players.

That's according to SteamDB – as reported by PC Gamer – which says that the game boasted 198,235 simultaneous users on Saturday, February 27th at 14:40 GMT. That's almost 70,000 more players than the 129,928 people who were playing Apex Legends at the same time at the end of January.

The surge in popularity during February is likely due to the game's Season 8 content dropping at the start of the month, bringing with it a new playable character in Fuse, as well as changes to launch legend Caustic and the King's Canyon map. Developer Respawn also changed up how the meta for Ranked worked.

Apex Legends came to Steam in November 2020 following the game's debut in February 2019. Since then, the battle royale title has been played by some 70 million people, though that figure is from October 2019 and so it's likely higher by now. Publisher EA said last year that the game is on track to bring in a total of $1 billion in revenue.

Apex Legends came to Steam as part of a new wave of titles from publisher Electronic Arts, who decided to start supporting Valve's platform last summer. Previously, the firm opted to release its games on its own PC platform, Origin.

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