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Apex Legends hits record Steam player count with 198,235 concurrents

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Season 8 of Apex Legends (opens in new tab) has seen a boost in the two-year-old battle royale's player population. In February it enjoyed roughly 70,000 more concurrent players on Steam than the month before. As February draws to a close, SteamDB (opens in new tab) recorded it having a record-breaking peak player count of 198,235. 

Season 8 certainly seems to have struck a chord, whether due to Caustic seeing a resurgence and other changes in the Ranked meta (opens in new tab), or the arrival of new legend Fuse (opens in new tab), or the return of the popular King's Canyon map (opens in new tab) (with some tweaks), or some alchemical combination of other changes.

After arriving on Steam in November of 2020, Apex Legends has cemented its position in the platform's top 10 games. If you're thinking of getting into it, or need a few tips, here's our Apex Legends character guide (opens in new tab).

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