first of all, u need to get yr facts straight, Ninja is #8 atm, with only 25K subs, Shroud has 100K…, and so there’s 6 ppl in between even, and i think Ninja is only on his way down more and more.
the reason Apex is so popular is cuz it’s a free-to-play, complete product that is fun to play and super-optimized and 1st player so not in direct competition with Fortnite on that front
also what “paid” enthusiasm are u talking about when u had a 2-hour paid segment but the streamer has been playing the game every single day for over a month, losing viewers every single time cuz ppl are sick of it. Every single day ppl complain about Lirik playing Apex instead of doing variety.
again, the main point is, had the streamers just done the sponsored thing and then not kept playing the game cuz it was’nt good enough, like Heights, then the game would not have succeeded either, the streamers keep playing cuz the game is rly good, just like with Fortnite, and the customer plays cuz it’s rly good too, just like with Fortnite.