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How many people play Apex Legends? Player count in 2021

Published: 14/Apr/2021 18:25 Updated: 14/Apr/2021 18:28

by Calum Patterson


Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royale games out there – but have you ever wondered how many people play it in total? Now available on lots of platforms, the player base continues to grow.

Despite Respawn’s timid expectations, Apex Legends hit 1 million players within the first 24 hours of release, back on February 4, 2019.

Then, by the end of the first week, it had reached 25 million players, and then 50 million in the first month. For a game that launched out of nowhere, with no marketing before release, this was an incredible feat.

Respawn used streamers and YouTubers to promote the game, rather than the traditional means. But, two years on, how many people play Apex Legends now?


Apex Legends Season 8
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Apex Legends has hit new player peaks in Season 8.

Apex Legends total players

On April 14, 2021 Respawn announced that Apex Legends has hit 100 million players in total. This will have been boosted largely thanks to the release of the game on Steam, as well as Nintendo Switch.

As for live player counts, the only platform to reveal accurate statistics is Steam, accessible through their API. Apex Legends launched on Steam in November 2020, and the player count has been growing steadily since. It reached a new peak of 198,000 in late February 2021.

Average concurrent players (number of players online at any moment) in February on Steam alone was 120,000 – a 50% gain from January.

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Apex Legends concurrent player count on Steam has grown steadily since release.

Apex Legends player count in 2021

So, we know that Apex Legends has 100 million players total now, which is a mammoth number, and the game is still growing healthily.


In their monthly earnings call in February, EA said that Apex Legends had a 30% growth in new players year-over-year.


And, Apex Legends is certain to get another massive boost in players in 2021, thanks to the planned mobile launch later in the year.

If Respawn or EA reveal any new official figures, we’ll keep you updated.