Apex Legends shatters Fortnite Twitch record, Ninja's team wins Rivals

Apex Legends, a battle royale game created by Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts, was launched on Feb. 5, 2019. Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts

Apex Legends recorded 8.28 million hours of viewership on Twitch on Tuesday, beating the platform's single-day record, according to The Esports Observer.

The previous record was set July 20, when Fortnite produced 6.6 million hours of viewing.

Apex Legends, released Feb. 5 by Electronic Arts, was buoyed Tuesday by the first day of a two-day Twitch Rivals tournament with a prize pool of $200,000. The event featured 16 three-man teams -- including noted streamers Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Jaryd "Summit1g" Lazar and Herschel "Dr Disrespect" Beahm -- competing for as many kills as possible.

First prize was $8,000, won by Kings Canyon, comprised of Blevins, Richard "KingRichard" Nelson, and Coby "dizzy" Meadows.

Apex Legends' previous high viewership on Twitch was 5.87 million hours on Monday.

The second day of play will be Feb. 19.