Apex Legends races to catch Fortnite with 50 million players in first month

The game developer also promises "much more" to come.

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Apex Legends has reached 50 million players. 

Apex Legends

Apex Legends appears to be taking the free-to-play game world by storm. 

Respawn CEO Vince Zampella on Monday shared in a tweet that the game reached 50 million players in the first month since its launch in February. Respawn, which is part of industry giant Electronic Arts, made Apex Legends and its predecessor, Titanfall. 

Zampella also said "there's much more to come."

After Apex Legends' launch on Feb. 4, the game gained 10 million players in the first 72 hours. Then the game reached 25 million players in a week. Apex Legends is a success as EA  takes on Epic's Fortnite: Battle Royale in the free-to-play, battle royale category. Fortnite , first released in 2017, counted 200 million players late last year.

Electronic Arts and Epic didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.