Apex Legends has broken Twitch viewership records in the battle royale genre with its Twitch Rivals event on Tuesday. Respawn’s phenomenon broke a substantial milestone by scoring a whopping 8.28M hours watched in a single day.
Many of Twitch’s biggest streamers contributed to this achievement. Twitch Rivals gathered the likes of Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm to spread the hype and spread they did. According to The Esports Observer, Shroud alone contributed 1.1M hours watched, with Ninja and DrDisrespect following with 573K and 476K, respectively.
The 8M hours watched is a milestone that not even battle royale genre leader Fornite has been able to beat. According to Twitch Tracker, Fortnite’s busiest day was Jul. 12, with 7.2M hours watched, which is also the only time the game passed 7M.
For all its success, however, Apex Legends is still to beat the viewership record by other games. During the finals of ELEAGUE Atlanta Major in January 2017, CS:GO recorded 8.5M hours watched, a feat it almost repeated during the ELEAGUE Boston Major one year later.
Yet, the Apex’s achievement remains noteworthy for the amount of time it took the game to reach it: just over one week. In that same period, Apex Legends also acquired 25M players. Esports organizations such as Fnatic, 100 Thieves, TSM and NRG Esports have also started recruiting players and content creators as they prepare for Apex expansion.