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NICKMERCS Quits Call of Duty and Transitions to Apex Legends: Here's Why

Abhimannu Das
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Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff will stop creating Warzone content until further notice.
He is transitioning to Apex Legends and wants to reach the status of 'Apex Predator.'
Nick will be trying to be among the top 750 players in Apex Legends in Season 10.

Twitch streamer, Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff put out a video saying that he does not enjoy playing Warzone at the moment and would love to take a break. He said that he might be coming back to the game in a couple weeks or maybe much later, but the game does not give him the drive and desire he needs to continue creating content around it. He recently transitioned to Apex Legends and instantly became the number one streamer on Twitch in the category. With over 79,000 viewers on 5th August, he comfortably beats the concurrent viewership of TSM’s Philip “ImperialHal” Dosen and LG’s Shivam "ShivFPS" Patel who are the two most watched streamers for Apex Legends.

Why is NICKMERCS transitioning to Apex Legends?

In his video “Moving On…” from 3rd August, he explained that the game is not in the best spot and he would rather move on. He also specified that he is still driven by gaming and wishes to continue creating gaming content, but Warzone is not quite cutting it for him.

He said “To be real, it really is a tough game to play right now. But, never been a better time to dip off from COD than now, you know? It’s August, couple of months until the new COD comes out. So, you know this is the worst time for Call of Duty in general.

Hackers also seem to have played a part in influencing his decision to quit Warzone temporarily. He revealed, “My last four tournaments I played in I got hacked out of.” He feels that the devs have stopped caring and it is one of the reasons why he is switching from Warzone.

He revealed that he will be trying to get the rank of Apex Predator in Apex Legends. The new season just dropped and NICKMERCS has the entire season ahead of him to be among the few who become Predators. To achieve Predator status, NICKMERCS will not only have to reach Master (10,000 Ranked Points), but also be among the top 750 players in the global leaderboards by the end of the season.

Despite switching games, fan reception has been solid with the streamer raking in the highest viewer count he has seen since 31st May. In the past week, his Twitch stream peaked at 79,000+ viewers which beats even entire directories of streamers for most games on the platform.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.


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