Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff was recently accused of “falling off” after giving up Call of Duty Warzone, and the Apex Legends streamer has decided to respond.
NICKMERCS and other streamers have become frustrated with Call of Duty Warzone. The battle royale was immediately popular upon its release but was quickly overtaken by hackers and cheaters. Without an effective anti-cheat system in place, the game became frustrating for its fans and players, with some competitive players noting that more than half of their games included a hacker.
One such player was NICKMERCS. He eventually switched to Apex Legends, even reaching the Predator rank in his new game of choice. He told fans in November that he had “hit a wall” in Warzone and wasn’t interested in returning to the title any time soon, even though it has impacted his viewership.
“I’ve been streaming for 10 years, man. I’ve never ever streamed a game because a viewer in my chat said to stream that game,” NICKMERCS said at the time.
NICKMERCS explained that he has seen his viewership dip. He wasn’t reaching 40,000 to 50,000 concurrent viewers anymore. But NICKMERCS said that was okay.
“I’m fine, we’re chilling. It’s about me having fun. If that pushes people away that pushes people away. I’m so okay with that,” he said.
NICKMERCS addresses lower viewership on Twitch again
But now, fans have come at NICKMERCS about his choice once again. On December 2, NICKMERCS made a video discussing the ongoing discussion of his streaming viewership. In the video, NICKMERCS explained once again that he enjoys Apex Legends and that means he won’t stop playing it anytime soon.
In his video, NICKMERCS said that fans will often point out his lower viewership, but he just laughs it off.
“I don’t live and die by my numbers but I’m proud of my numbers. Some people don’t five a f—,” he said.
NICKMERCS explained that everyone’s viewership was “crazy” when Warzone first launched. It wasn’t just him, as many Twitch streamers were hitting as many as 80,000 concurrent viewers. For this reason, NICKMERCS feels the comparison is “unfair.”
“Another big one is that we’re playing a game that’s not as popular. Apex is just point blank not as popular…It’s just not as big as Call of Duty,” NICKMERCS said.
In the end, NICKMERCS said that he is still “crushing it” no matter his viewership.