EA sports and Respawn are trying to revamp the Apex Legends esports scene with the launch of the Apex Legends Global Series in 2020. The newly conceived Global Series is scheduled to kick off on January 25th, and will see PC players from over 60 countries compete in 12 live Apex Legends events, for a combined-total prize-pool of around $3 million USD.
Respawn CEO Vince Zampella had this to say about today’s announcement: “Competition is at the heart of Apex Legends … 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.”
Players will earn Global Series Points based on their performances in online, regional, and global competitions. Participants with the highest points total at the end of the penultimate event will be invited to the four Apex Global Series Majors, where teams will have a chance to win $1 million USD, the first ever Global Series trophy, and the title of Global Series World Champions.
And yes, this is undoubtedly a huge step for the battle royale title, however, console players will unfortunately miss out on all the fun. It is yet to be confirmed whether controller players will be allowed to compete on PC, but if previous Apex events are an indicator, pro controller players like CLG’s Jack “NiceWigg” Martin and Team Reciprocity’s Eric “Snip3down” Wrona will get the chance to compete.
Respawn’s announcement comes only 6 days after PUBG Corp. revealed a similar esports expansion project of its own, announcing the launch of the PUBG Global Series (PGS). The PGS will follow a similar format to Respawn’s, and will include four major PUBG events throughout the year, all culminating in the PUBG Global Championship.
If you are interested in signing up for the competition, or are eager to read over the Official Rules, visit the Apex website here.
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