EA this week confirmed the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational will take place between the 13th and 15th of September and will take place in Krakow, Poland. The $500,000 tournament will feature 80 teams (a total of 240 players) in a bracketed tournament, and will be the first official Apex Legends event operated by publishers EA and developer Respawn Entertainment.
The battle royale shooter competition will be eagerly anticipated by Apex Legends fans. It will be the first official Apex Legends event though FACEIT and Twitch have already held competitions in the EA title, and many organisations have already added Apex Legends teams in recent months including Cloud9 and NRG Esports. The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational will be part of EA’s newly detailed Apex Legends Preseason initiative which also includes ESPN’s EXP tournaments and this weekend’s Apex Legends tournament taking place at the X Games Minneapolis event.
EA also confirmed alongside the announcement of the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, that a number of other recent and upcoming Apex Legends tournaments would be considered part of the newly-branded Apex Legends Preseason. This includes ESPN’s EXP Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition that took place earlier this month and this weekend’s EXP Invitational.
The one thing not yet announced, yet still eagerly anticipated from Apex Legends fans, is the announcement of plans for a regular or ongoing season in the battle royale shooter title. Further details confirmed for the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational indicate that the tournament will utilise the ESL Play Platform and that teams will be required to pay a $150 registration fee.
“When we started the EA Competitive Gaming Division, we had a vision to make stars of all our players as we build an entertainment spectacle that captivates millions of players and spectators,” EA Senior Vice President and Competitive Gaming Division GM Todd Sitrin stated. “Today we officially expand EA Competitive Gaming through the addition of Apex Legends, owner of one of the biggest game launches in history that continues to be powered today by a passionate global community. The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational is the key next step in our esports journey.”