When Apex Legends released in early February, the initial surge in viewership that it attracted was the likes of which had never been seen on Twitch for a game launch. For the first few weeks of its existence, the title was pulling the same sort of viewership that Dota 2 , one of Twitch’s most-watched esports, gets during its premier yearly tournament The International. However, after a month of being on the streaming platform, its viewership saw a consistent taper that has pushed the game not only below other top battle royales like Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS , but it has also fallen out of the top 10 and seemingly out of relevance on Twitch. Hoping to buck that trend, tournament organizer FACEIT recently began an Apex Legends Pro Series.
While the event has a relatively small prize pool of just $50K USD, it managed to attract participation from numerous high-profile organizations that signed on Apex Legends teams such as Cloud9 and NRG Esports . Just one week into the eight-week series, it’s too early to make definitive statements about its success or failure at captivating viewers, but if the expectation was that it would help to regrow Apex Legends ’ viewership on Twitch, early indications suggest that it has a long way to go. The FACEIT channel on Twitch produced a 7.5-hour broadcast on Friday with an average concurrent viewership (CCV) of 777 totaling 5K hours watched. Viewership of Apex Legends as a whole didn’t see too much of a boost either. Friday’s 214K hours watched for Apex Legends wasn’t even in the upper half of days for the month in terms of viewership. It didn’t help that the series began at a time when much of Twitch viewers’ attention was being stolen by […]