Respawn’s Apex Legends has taken the gaming community by storm. Since the release of Apex, Fortnite has experienced less viewers than normal on Twitch. Apex is applying pressure to Fortnite after they release a Year 1 Roadmap that includes a FREE battle pass. The release of the roadmap has prompted Fortnite to include a free battle pass for season 8 if you complete 13 of their 20 challenges. Apex has been my main game since its release and with a promising future, I don’t see that changing.
Apple has plans to create a subscription service geared towards gaming. There is no information on whether it will be aimed toward games within the App Store or a more premium experience. Apple sees the potential in the gaming industry with a reported $70bn in 2017 and an estimated $139bn in 2021.
Apple is seeking to counter declining iPhone sales. I would be very interested in a much more premium service with more of a focus on core gamers. I think this would be an opportune time to establish a gaming audience on Mac, a platform not known to be for gamers.