Apex Legends — Credit: EA

TWITCH TRENDS

It was a big week on Twitch for Respawn’s new Battle Royale title, Apex Legends, but overall Twitch viewership was down -5.0% compared to the previous week at 202.5M hours of watch time. From Figure 1, we can see that every day except for Sunday underperformed the previous week. The massive success of Apex Legends also highlights a key challenge facing Twitch: How can they expand their audience? Despite the publicity and popularity surrounding the new game, it would seem that Apex legends has simply cannibalized existing Twitch viewers.


History

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