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New report shows Apex Legends’ dramatic decline on Twitch

Published: 12/Jul/2019 16:48 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 21:55

by Paul Cot


Following its release in February 2019, Apex Legends became one of the most popular games in a very short space of time – fast forward five months though, and its viewership has taken a shocking decline.

More than 70% of live streaming is watched on Twitch, meaning its viewership numbers are an excellent way of determining which games are most popular – albeit in terms of hours viewed.

It started so well

Despite releasing in February, Apex Legends was still the third most watched game on Twitch during Q1 with just shy of 183 million hours. Fortnite and League of Legends were the two games to beat it with totals of 312 million and 302 million hours, respectively.

@roundhillApex Legends registered new players quicker than Fortnite did – at least at the start of its release…

What these numbers don’t show is that for the month following its release, it actually beat Fortnite. This lead many to believe that Apex Legends would be the game to kill Fortnite – we now know it wasn’t.

Naturally optimism surrounding the longevity and resulting success of the game were at an all time high. Milestones such as number of unique players were hit in record time, providing justification for this optimism.

ThinknumApex Legends beat Fortnite for concurrent viewers throughout February…

Sharp decline

However, if the brakes were on Apex Legends’ momentum, Twitch’s Q2 viewership statistics have brought it to a complete stop. After finishing 3rd for most hours watched in Q1, it has completely fell out of the top 10 for Q2, according to StreamElements.

Even PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which while it retains a hardcore following, a game which is over two years old, beat it for number of hours watched. PUBG finished tenth in the Q2 table with 65 million hours of watching.

StreamElementsApex Legends was 3rd in Q1 before falling off the top 10 completely in Q2…

Respawn Entertainment and EA will hope that the introduction of Apex Legends Season 2 will renew the game’s hype but this may be more hopeful than expectation.

It will be interesting to see whether Apex Legends survives in the long-term but if viewership continues to decline at the rate it has recently, then future for Titanfall-esque battle royale game looks bleak.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson


Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
Respawn Entertainment
Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.