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Tencent in talks to bring Apex Legends to China - Report

Respawn's latest would join Fortnite, PUBG in online giant's stable of battle royale titles

Tencent is looking to increase its investment in the battle royale genre. The South China Morning Post today reported that the Chinese firm is in talks with Electronic Arts to bring the Respawn Entertainment-developed Apex Legends to China.

Tencent already handles Chinese distribution for a number of battle royale titles, most notably Fortnite (from Epic Games, in which Tencent holds a minority stake) and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

The free-to-play Apex Legends was announced and launched just 11 days ago. It was an instant success, reaching 25 million players and 2 million concurrent users in its first week. It has also been a hit for streaming audiences, with one tracking site saying fans watched 8.4 million hours of Apex Legends on Twitch on Tuesday, beating the 7.2 million hours of Fortnite watched on the service for that game's Season 5 launch last year.

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