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Ready for the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational?

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment have announced the upcoming Apex Legends Preseason Invitational. The esports competition will take place between September 13 - 15 and features 80 teams from around the world. 

Apex Legends Preseason Invitational is Official

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment have announced the upcoming Apex Legends Preseason Invitational. The esports competition will take place between September 13 - 15 and feature 80 teams from around the world. 

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The Apex Preseason Invitational will take place in Krakow, Poland where 80 teams (three players per team) compete for a piece of the $500,000 prize pool. Battle Royale games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Apex Legends have found their niche in the esports arena. Recently, a 16-year-old gamer came in first at the Fortnite World Cup final and took home $3 million. A $3 million prize is a mere fraction of the money Fortnite generated for Epic Games, and Electronic Arts along with Respawn Entertainment are looking to emulate this success. 

“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,” Todd Sitrin, SVP, and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division stated in the official press release. “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.”

Get Your Invitation to Compete

Gamers that want an invite to compete in the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational can email and must include their Origin ID and associated email address. 

Apex Legend’s Preseason Invitation is a double-elimination tournament. All teams begin in the winners' bracket and each round their performance will determine if they continue in this bracket, be placed in the losers bracket, or eliminated. When there are only 20 teams left, this group will compete for the title and the largest piece of the $500,000 prize pool.

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Apex Legends Preseason Invitational rules and eligibility requirements can be found here:

Anyone interested in attending the event as a spectator in Krakow, Poland will have to wait. EA and Respawn mentioned that an announcement regarding in-person spectators will come at a later time. 

The Future and History of Apex Legends

“Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest level,” Design Director, Chad Grenier said. “This Apex 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.”

Apex Legends popped up seemingly out of nowhere. On February 4, 2019, with minimal publicity and media coverage, it dropped on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In an environment where Fortnite reigned supreme, many assumed Apex Legends would either be a passing Battle Royale fad or the force to dethrone the king. Neither of these realities came to be. Fortnite is still a leader in the Battle Royale space but Apex Legends is maintaining a strong, loyal community of dedicated and competitive gamers. 

As the game continues on its journey with support from Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment, there’s no telling how large the game will become. Adding a professional competitive community will play a large part in this growth. Be sure to stick around and check back on to follow along with the Preseason Invitational. 



Apex Legends is Here: Next Big Free Battle Royale

Respawn Entertainment released their free-to-play Battle Royale game, Apex Legends on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Gamers can download Apex Legends right now even though the game was only recently announced. A part of the Titanfall universe, this is not a new Titanfall game, instead, it’s a unique take on the massively popular Battle Royale genre that has made waves all around the world.

Apex Legends - The New Spin

Just like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Respawn Entertainment took a new approach to the Battle Royale concept. Fortnite has building, PUBG has its gritty realism, and now Apex Legends is shaking things up even more. Strictly a team-based game, 20 teams consisting of three players each will fight together to survive. Along with this unique feature, Respawn Entertainment takes a note from the massive success of hero-based games as well. Just like Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege, players will be able to choose from different “Legends” or characters that all have unique abilities. Besides the unique abilities each player possesses, each of the Legends have ultimate abilities that recharge over time.

The primary concept of Battle Royale largely remains the same in Apex Legends. Players will still drop in with no weapons and have to find their equipment scattered around a large map. However, the unique addition of hero based characters, unique abilities, and being strictly a team based game has a large impact on how gamers make it to the end.

Respawn Entertainment Continues to Innovate

Apex Legends also has a few mechanics that help the matchmaking system remain competitive and team-based. Respawn Entertainment included a helpful ping system. Using a single button, gamers can mark locations, loot, and enemies to alert the rest of their team. Communication is always key in a Battle Royale game with others. The ping system circumvents the issue of jumping into matchmaking with other gamers that might not have a headset. The ping system ensures communication is still possible, even if no one is actually speaking to each other.

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There are eight “Legends” or heroes to choose from at this point in time. It is expected that Respawn Entertainment will continue adding more characters as the game progresses. The unique characters are listed below along with additional information about the classes. Bloodhound: Track and ping enemy players.

  • Bloodhound: Track and ping enemy players.
  • Gibraltar: Defensive, able to deflect enemy fire and has a dome shield.
  • Lifeline: A medic class that can revive teammates and uses a drone that heals allies.
  • Pathfinder: Recon focused, allows players to access hard-to-reach areas.
  • Wraith: Offensive, revealing enemies firing positions and also has a phase shifting ability.
  • Bangalore: The soldier, increased movement speed while under fire and smoke grenades to help fend off advancing attacks.
  • Caustic: Defensive, uses AOE weapons and proximity gas traps that can also be activated on demand with a well aimed shot.
  • Mirage: Trickster, using holographic decoys to confuse and throw off enemies.

Taking a page out of the Fortnite book, the free-to-play status means cosmetic items are the primary revenue stream of Apex Legends. Microtransactions allow gamers to purchase items with premium currency or roll the dice with loot boxes. However, dedicated players can ear the in-game currency so even if people don’t want to drop money on a free game, there is the possibility of collecting all that cool loot.

Apex Legends is available right now on the Origin store on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Respawn Entertainment wasted no time getting this game in the hands of the public. A combination of Battle Royale and hero- based shooter, there are high expectations for Apex Legends as the game progresses. For more information on Apex Legends and to keep up with its continued development, be sure to stop back on






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