The out-of-nowhere success that was Apex Legends has started to bleed viewers on Twitch. Also losing the mind share of players after just a couple of weeks following its release.

This is also despite peaking at 40 million hours watched on Twitch in February (which is an all-time high for any game on the platform), Apex Legends has already dropped to 10 million per week.

That’s according to the latest StreamElements report (via VGR), which also revealed that in March, one month after Apex Legends launched, only two of the top ten streamers played it regularly, which no doubt contributed to its decline in viewership during the same month.

Fortnite, which suffered a brief drop during Apex Legends’ launch, is now once again back on top with over 20 million hours watched each week. In fact, setting aside the brief window where Apex Legends dominated Twitch, Fortnite remains the most consistent battle royale game on Twitch.

Unfortunately, the (mostly uneducated about this whole dynamic) financial sector has also noticed this decline. Some of these market analysts are already warning investors not to buy EA stock, which is completely absurd as far as fans see it.

This isn’t exactly fair for investors to assume either. As part of the esports world, Fortnite has huge competitions, the Fortnite World Cup, in the works, which started two weeks ago (4/13) and lasts until June. Fans have been excited to watch. Not-to-mention that Overwatch League has taken many viewers away as well on weekends. Since Apex doesn’t have these competitions yet, it isn’t fair to say that fans of the game are losing interest. It is more, the difference between watching a regular baseball season game vs the Super Bowl.

As Respawn struggles to keep up with Epic Games’ pace, it follows that Apex Legends will continue to decline for a short time. While this is currently bad news for EA, there isn’t any reason for investors to jump ship. Apex Legends will even out again as one of the top three Battle Royale’s out there.

As fans, how do you see the decline? Tell us in the comments below.


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John D
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John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.