Speaking during EA’s first quarter earnings call on Tuesday, CEO Andrew Wilson spoke about the future of the company, with a big focus on their extremely popular battle royale title, Apex Legends. This section of the call focused on some rather interesting plans for both future content, as well as some new announcements concerning an Esports league for the game.
Electronic Arts has been pretty coy about future updates to Apex Legends, but they’re definitely planning something big. We have already seen the Battle Charge system from the past two Seasons, but now EA has something new planned for Season 3, and it’s some kind of new event or game mode. The new event is due to take place in a few weeks time and is said to include “one of the most fan-requested features since the launch of Apex”, according to Wilson.
The Esports content for the game isn’t a full league perse, but will definitely kick up some interest nonetheless. In total, 80 invited teams of three from across the world will enter a double elimination tournament with both a winners and losers bracket. The initial pool will be sorted and filtered based on in-game performance, repeating the process of moving teams between brackets until just 20 teams remain in contention.
And of course, prize money is on the line for the best teams. These remaining 60 players will compete for prizes ranging from $4,800 for last place to $105,000 for first place. All told, that’s more than $500,000 up for grabs.
To enter, players must apply for an invitation to the tournament, by emailing EA with their Origin ID and associated email address. Doing so will put you one the list of possible players that will be called to compete.
Apex Legends is out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And with all this new content and competition coming soon, it may be the perfect time to get into it.