Apex Legends might beat Fortnite to the punch with a ranked mode

By Shabana Arif
7 February 2019 09:38 GMT

According to dataminers, Apex Legends might be getting a ranked mode.

Twitter user @StoutFN_ has found files indicating that ranked play could be making its way to Apex Legends – a feature that’s long been on the Fortnite community’s wishlist.

Spotted by Dextero, the screenshot shows two lines referencing ranked play.

Respawn hasn’t made any official announcements regarding upcoming plans for its new free-to-play battle royale title yet, so while nothing has been confirmed, it could be a great way for the developer to keep the momentum going.

Apex Legends launched earlier this week, amassing over one million unique players in its first eight hours, and over 2.5 million in its first 24.

Yesterday, the game had over 200k viewers on Twitch – three times as many as Fortnite. It’s still at the top of Twitch right now, with over 90k viewers at the time of writing, compared to Fornite’s 36k, in sixth position.

Fortnite’s answer to ranked play so far has been in-game tournaments.

“The in-game tournament system is an evolution of the traditional ranked system, striving to enhance the best elements of ranked play,” Epic said in a recent update.

“Focused windows of competition allow us to better celebrate the performances of competitors, promote community activity around the events, and create the highest quality matches possible at all skill levels. We’ll be exploring rotating or staggered tournament schedules in the future to include more players.”

Apex Legends is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you’re hopping in, check out our tips for getting started, the best character for you to use, and our guide on how to unlock and execute every character’s finishing move.

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