At this level, Respawn’s battle royale doesn’t want a lot help in its success – the Apex Legends player count can attest to that. But EA made an enormous wager on streamers simply forward of the game’s announcement, and now we’ve received a fairly good concept of simply how massive that wager was. A brand new report suggests Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins was paid $1 million USD to play the game on its launch.
That determine comes from an nameless supply chatting with Reuters, although representatives for each EA and Ninja declined to touch upon the quantity’s accuracy. Ninja’s earnings have been hovering round $500,000 a month slightly below a yr in the past, so the EA bonus will surely be a pleasant one above the streamer’s standard earnings.
Given how rapidly the neighborhood latched onto Apex Legends, EA is probably going fairly happy with all of the measures it took to get the game in entrance of individuals. Lead producer Drew McCoy says “we really wanted to create a day where you couldn’t escape Apex if you cared about games and we wanted it to feel like an event was happening everywhere around the globe on that day.”
Ninja is now principally again to taking part in Fortnite – the game he’s greatest recognized for – although there are a handful of more moderen Apex Legends streams blended in there.
EA additionally paid Shroud an unknown sum for some early streams, although he’s been sticking with the game considerably longer than Ninja. Shroud’s scooter accident has offered a break within the streaming, although.
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The Apex Legends battle pass is the large factor on the thoughts of most gamers, however we nonetheless don’t know precisely when it’s coming. A untimely Origin retailer replace gave us hope for an imminent launch yesterday, however that clearly didn’t come to move.