EA and Respawn Entertainment have announced the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, which will be a large scale esports tournament featuring the largest collection of competitive talent ever for an Apex Legends event.
The tourney will be held from September 13-15 in Kraków, Poland. The event will feature 80 teams of top Apex players from around the world in a bracket-style tournament for a prize pool of US$500,000.
"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," said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. "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."
"Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level," said Chad Grenier, Design Director. "ThisApex Legends Preseason Invitational advances our vision towards a robust competitive experience with the community at the center. We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life."
As is typical for bracket tournaments, all teams will begin the double elimination tourney in the winners bracket. In each round, a team's performance in a set of matches will determine whether they continue in the winners bracket, fall to the losers bracket, or are eliminated from the tournament until the final 20 teams compete for the title.
Teams can apply for an invite to the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational by emailing ApexLegendsPreseason@ea.com and including their Origin ID and associated email address.
The official tournament rules, including information on team eligibility, can be found here.