SOME OF THE EXCITING DETAILS FOR NEXT YEAR
Apex Legends, one of the breakout games and also esports of 2019, has now safely completed its honeymoon period and looks to commit to a greater support of competitive play. That’s where EA and Respawn come in with their plans for the competitive season of 2020, as revealed through social media and a persuasive trailer:
It’s safe to say that it looks promising. The named Global Series will be offering a staggering 12 live events, possible 1 a month, in which an international player base from a confirmed 60+ countries will compete. The total prize money for the events is $3 million. The only catch is that, a fact some of you may not enjoy, the competition will be open to PC players and not console players. It’s unclear whether professional controller players will be offered a chance, which I hope they are for the sake of inclusivity.
Anyways, players will compete in a familiar format – earning ‘Global Series Points’ through lesser competitions, through which they may be invited to the four Apex Global Series Majors – besides the money, potentially becoming Global Series World Champions. The thing is, I’ve heard this all before only a few days ago, as the PUBG Global Series was also announced with a similar structure. Back to Apex, this is all an incredible step forward to globalizing the title as a prominent esport. Respawn’s CEO had the following to comment:
Competition is at the heart of Apex Legends,
We expect that esports will play a big role in the future of ApexLegends 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.Vince Zampella – Respawn CEO
The above commented as reported by Dotesports, truly shows how excited the publishers are. Despite recent commotion regarding added content and its arguable quality, the community seems geared towards an eventful 2020. Players can go ahead and sign up now actually – right here!
So – two ‘Global Series’ based esports coming in 2020 in the form of PUBG and Apex Legends – the two are certainly competing against one another for the same battle-royale fanbase, while I personally think Apex Legends will come out on top, it’s all rather silly in the scope of the elephant of Fortnite.
While 2018 and 2019 were arguably years of battle-royale, I wonder how 2020 will shape up and how it answers to the trend. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!