And there's a $3 million prize pool to boot!
At long last, we'll be seeing Apex Legends making its entrance into the esports gaming realm, and the good news is we're all invited to participate.
What is the Apex Legends Global Series?
When the Global Series springs into action, it will put players against each other in real-life tournaments as well as online-only events. Following a bunch of smaller competitions, the Global Series will kick off with a total of twelve live events. Those interested in participating can register for the initial (less grueling) events on January 11th, 2020. To get its player base in the esports spirit, Remedy Entertainment, the guys behind the Apex magic have put together a fully-fledged trailer which you can check out below.
It makes sense for Apex Legends to get their foot in the door of the esports world, considering the battle royale title just swiped The Best Multiplayer game win at The 2019 Game Awards. During a recent press release, head of Respawn Vince Zampella said, "Competition is at the heart of Apex Legends,". He further added, "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."
When the Apex Legends Global Series lands, there'll be a total of sixty countries that'll be eligible to compete in the tournament. The events are there to take the average PC player of Apex Legends, with the possibility of them becoming an esports superstar. It's pretty straightforward to get onboard with the tournament, you need to set up a Battlefy account online, tether it to your EA account (assuming you have one), and on January 11th, 2020, you can register your team of three players.
The preliminary tournaments will consist of an elimination-type competition with a minimum of 160 teams fighting it out. Each round will consist of at least three matches, and the players wanting to succeed will need to accumulate Apex Legends Global Series points, which are obtained based on kills and placements.
Grabbing enough of these points will see players qualifying for the real-life events. Said events would be regional tournaments where a bunch of lucky players will get through to the Majors. The next tier is the Premier Events, taking the top online players from global regions and placing them against each other. The winners of the Premier events gain additional Global Series points, which in turn puts them higher up the ladder of the Majors.
Finally, we have Major live events, consisting of four events in total. A prize pot of $500,000 is up for grabs, which apply to the first three Majors. In the first three events, there'll be a total of 100 three-player squads competing for the prize pool, before battling it out for the fourth and final Major; the Apex Legends Global Series Championship. The best sixty teams get the opportunity to compete for a massive $1 million prize pool. Time to start brushing up on those mouse and keyboard skills...
Who will be running the events?
So glad you asked. As you’d expect, Electronic Arts and developer Respawn will be behind the magic of the Global Series, but they’ll be joined by Lenovo Legion who’ll be sponsoring the event. Talking to the Esports Observer, John Nelson, Apex Legends Competitive Gaming Commissioner states “Battle royale and specifically Apex Legends is a really exciting community to be a part of either as a competitive player or as a fan of esports. We recently eclipsed 70M players, which is great for being able to build a fertile esports ecosystem,”
A generous 200 monitors combined with 200 PCs are going to be supplied by Lenovo Legion, with a few VIPs getting access to a handful of laptops. As to be expected, the PCs are going to pack some power with a ninth Generation Intel CPU Nvidia Geforce 2070 graphics cards, combined with some sleek 144Hz monitors.