EA and Respawn Entertainment have just revealed the Apex Legends Global Series, mixing live and online events for PC players of the battle royale game, all of which will compete for a prize pool of over $3 million USD.
12 global live events will be featured as a part of this, either produced by EA and Respawn directly or by PGL and GLL, with Battlefy powering the online competition, opening next month to kick things off.
"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."
The press release describes the global series as an "inclusive, open ecosystem created to make stars of all players", and over 60 countries are eligible, with the requirements available here to check.
Players earn Points for performances in events and online competition, and those at the top of the leaderboards will be invited to the four Global Series Majors, the most prestigious events.
The first three Majors will each feature 100 three-player squads, with the fourth Major - the Apex Legends Global Series Championship - finalising things with the top 60 teams, invited to fight for $1 million in prizes.
"Apex Legends is one of the most impactful launches in videogame history and it possesses immense esports potential," added John Nelson, Apex Legends Competitive Gaming Commissioner. "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."
Each Major will feature the Match Point format that we saw at the Preseason Invitational, requiring teams to reach a point threshold through a combination of kills and placement.
On January 25 the first online tournament is taking place for this competition, and registration is set to open in early January, giving players the chance to head to the Esports Stadium Arlington between March 13 and 15 for the first Major.
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