Fortnite reached the milestone faster than other mobile titles in the same category, with Clash Royale and Honor of Kings hitting the same target in 389 and 405 days, respectively. Like Fortnite, Apex Legends is free to download and is designed as a last-man-standing "battle royale" title.
In an official EA blog post, the studio's chief Vince Zampella revealed that since the game's launch, it has raked in 25 million players and has touched a peak 2 million concurrent players in that span.
United States players were responsible for $320 million of the half a billion total, that took the game 326 days to reach.
The Apex Legends subreddit noticed that a message reading "A Nessy appears" would sometimes appear on the kill feed.
Apex Legends is now available for free on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Despite the sheer number of battle royale titles that have launched over the past year, none of them could really hold a candle to Fortnite, at least not as far as Twitch viewership was concerned.
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The update also touches on a few upcoming events for the game including the Twitch Rivals Apex Legend Challenge, Valentine's Day celebrations, and the commencement of the first season. Even if you've played the game a bit already, how do you know which character you should choose as your main?
Which, some have speculated, comes as a direct result of the game's initial success.
As of Friday, "Apex Legends" was the most viewed on gaming live-streaming network Twitch.
What makes Apex Legends so popular? Essentially, not only are the top streamers playing Apex Legends, but smaller streamers looked to deviate from Fortnite as well.
In terms of how the game works, players are put into teams of three and dropped on an island.