In 2021, although it may seem less impressive, battle royales continue to attract millions of users. Epic Games thanks to Fortnite continues to largely dominate this ultra-popular game mode. However, other licenses such as Apex Legends, PUBG, or Call of Duty: Warzone, are also of great interest. Just a week ago, Apex Legends hit the symbolic 100 million player mark.
Short-lived bliss for Apex Legends
Electronic Arts (publisher of Apex Legends) will not have had time to take advantage of this place for long, since Activision has just announced that Warzone has in turn more than 100 million players. If Apex Legends and Warzone are still far from the 350 million players announced by Fortnite in May 2020, they are now ahead of PUBG which claims to have sold 70 million copies on console and PC. Not to mention PUBG Mobile which generates over $ 7.4 million per day.
100 million players and counting.
– Call of Duty 🌑 (@CallofDuty) April 20, 2021
While Apex Legends and Warzone are now tied, it’s important to point out that Call of Duty: Warzone was introduced long after Apex, and seems to be growing much faster. Warzone is likely to be more played than Apex Legends at this point in time, and the divide is likely to widen over the next few months.
If Call of Duty already offers its mobile version (battle royale included), Apex Legends plans to land on smartphones by the end of the month. At the same time, Respawn Entertainment (developer of Apex Legends) plans to launch a version compatible with the Nintendo Switch. A strategy that could allow us to stay in the race against the giant Call of Duty: Warzone.
Note also that Activision continues its relentless fight against cheaters by wave banning tens of thousands of accounts that violate its rules. One way for the company to offer an ever more qualitative gaming experience that could help attract new players.