Apex Legends Beats Fortnite Record With 10 million players in 72 hours

Who saw this coming? New battle royale contender Apex Legends has managed to gain 10 million players within its first three days Respawn CEO Vince Zampella revealed. Fortnite, arguably the most popular game in the world right now, took two weeks to reach the same milestone. Not a bad start at all.

The game has also managed 1 million concurrent players.

The news came from a blog post on EAs site, where Vince said:

"This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too."

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He expressed his gratitude to the community and promised good things to come:

"We hoped you'd love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we've seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year."

Whether they can make the most of this strong start and keep momentum going remains to be seen. It's also unclear what kind of money the game is generating through its micro-transactions.

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Featured Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment

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