Apex Legends has had a massive surge in popularity on Twitch this week, becoming the number 1 trending game on the platform. Why? It could all could be due to a “perfect storm” of new content and other titles struggling.
So many people are heading back to Apex that it was the top trending game on Twitch during the first week of August 2021. It’s not just Sage and all the other new content bringing in players though — other games’ struggles are definitely playing a part.
Warzone players escape to Apex Legends
Apex Legends was the number 1 trending game on Twitch this week, with a 77% increase 📈 pic.twitter.com/vyVR7oVlp9
— Apex Legends News (@alphaINTEL) August 8, 2021
The Season 10 Apex patch is definitely welcoming all of these players back in style, but it’s hard to attribute a 77% increase in hours watched to just that.
Like we mentioned, massive names like NICKMERCS, TimTheTatman, Cloakzy, and more are all thriving after making the switch from Warzone to Apex.
This mass exodus from Warzone is due in part to the rampant amount of cheaters that have been making themselves at home. But it’s also due to players getting tired of what seems like the same old gameplay round after round.
For example, NICKMERCS was literally the #1 Warzone streamer in the world before making the switch. Now, he’s brought all his viewers over to watching Apex, which seems likely to be his new go-to for now.
Hit Diamond on Apex Legends. Gonna grind to Apex Predator 100%. Looking for 2 demons to make the run with, gotta be ready to grind.
— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) August 8, 2021
While disenchanted Warzone fans might make up the bulk of the new Apex refugees, they’re probably not the only ones. Overwatch players looking for something new while things seem to fall down around them could make up a good portion as well.
Overwatch players making the switch to Apex?
Overwatch hasn’t pulled in anywhere near the numbers of Warzone on Twitch for years. But, it’s another game that’s going through its fair share of issues.
Now, to be fair Overwatch might not be getting infested by hackers like CoD’s battle royale. Though, the ongoing issues with Blizzard could be driving some to search for something new.
On top of that, a recent rumor that Overwatch 2 could be getting delayed until 2023 could have disheartened even more, and driven them right into the arms of Apex as well.