Apex Legends has been a major hit since the game’s launch, with over 10 million users playing the game just three days after its launch. Its popularity even made it one of the top 10 trending games of 2019 according to Google’s Year in Search.
With its massive popularity, it did not take long for Respawn Entertainment to start holding competitive tournaments for Apex Legends. With events like Twitch Rivals, and the Harvey Norman Gamer’s Cup held earlier this year in Singapore giving fans and players a taste of what competitive Apex Legends will be like.
This time Electronic Arts (EA) and Respawn has stepped up their game with the formation of the Apex Legends Global Series which comprises of both online and live events for PC players. They will be competing for a prize pool of over US$3 million over the course of 12 live events.
“Competition is at the heart of Apex Legends,” said Vince Zampella, head of Respawn Entertainment. “We expect that esports will play a big role in the future of Apex Legends and it all starts here, with the Apex Legends Global Series. We look forward to seeing who, out of our millions of players, will become true legends of the arena.”
Just like Epic Game’s Fortnite, the Apex Legends Global Series will allow any player from a list of 60 countries around the world to participate in its tournament, not just those already in an official esports team. Online qualifiers for the tournament will start on January 25, 2020.
Teams who perform well in the online qualifiers will be given access to live events such as regional challenger events and global premiere events. Players who score the most Apex Legends Global Series Points in the online and live events will be invited to take part in the three Apex Legends Global Series Majors.
Only the best 60 teams from the three Majors will be able to qualify for the Championship event, with a dedicated US$1 million prize pool. The first Major will take place from March 13 to March 15, 2020.
“Apex Legends is one of the most impactful launches in videogame history and it possesses immense esports potential,” John Nelson, Respawn’s new Apex Legends competitive gaming commissioner, said in a press statement. “Through close communication with our community, we’ve built an accessible Apex Legends ecosystem where any player can become a potential star while the world watches our unique, entertaining take on Battle Royale esports.”
More details for the Apex Legends Global Series will be released closer to the launch of the first online qualifier on January 25, 2020.
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