Apex Legends Season 13 Launch Breaks Battle Royale Steam Players Record


Earlier this week, Respawn Entertainment released the thirteenth season of Apex Legends. The update included a significant weapon rebalance, a Ranked Reloaded rework of Apex Legends‘ competitive queue and a new legend named Newcastle, among other things. It’s a solid addition to Apex Legends, and apparently that’s exactly what gamers have been wanting. It is because Apex Legends just broke its concurrent player record on Steam with the launch of Season 13.

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Apex Legends was, admittedly, in tears in 2022. Season 12 launched on February 8 and demolished the battle royale’s previous record for concurrent players on Steam. The record jumped from over 330,000 concurrent players to over 390,000. The release of season 13 took Apex Legends a step forward. While not quite as big a leap as Season 12, it did break the previous record, reaching an impressive total of over 410,000 concurrent players.

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The record on Steam was broken on Wednesday, May 11th. That moment was moved to Thursday, which also featured a staggering number totaling over 393,000. Apex Legends may even break the record again with the weekend approaching, as the Steam user base tends to increase on both Saturday and Sunday. But even if the current season cap is 410,000 players, Respawn must consider it an incredible achievement and just the latest in a series of impressive steps.


While the record itself is impressive, what’s even more exciting for Respawn Entertainment is that Apex Legends has continued to grow – at least on PC – since it launched in 2019. Apex Legends It only arrived on Steam in late 2020, so its previous numbers are not available. At the time, however, Apex Legends dropped to just 110,000 players. Until February 2021, Apex Legends rose to 190,000, followed by a massive increase on Steam to 330,000 in May.

Another way in which Apex Legends is gaining traction is in content creation. Apex Legends is in the process of overtaking Fortnite as the most viewed battle royale on streaming services like Twitch, Facebook and YouTube. This is certainly helping to increase player numbers.


Respawn has no plans to leave Apex Legends‘ impulse ends here, too. The mobile version of Apex Legends is planned to release later this month, potentially bringing the battle royale to millions more players than ever before. AND Apex Legends as it is now will only have more and more content too. Respawn is just getting started.

Apex Legends is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, with a mobile release coming May 17.

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