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Twitch Rivals announces $200,000 Apex Legends tournament

Respawn Entertainment’s newly-released Battle Royale title Apex Legends is quickly gaining traction. A new $200,000 tournament by Twitch has just been revealed.

Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA Games, Apex Legends is the latest arrival in the battle royale genre. The game quickly amassed a solid following, with throngs of hopefuls who thought that the game would be a continuation of the iconic Titanfall franchise.

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Well, it’s not exactly that, although the action in Apex Legends takes place in the same universe, roughly 30 years after the events in Titanfall 2. The place is the Outlands, a vast expanse where teams of three players compete to stay alive, score the most points, and generally outlive their opponents.

Apex hits 10 million players and counting

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Apex Legends has acquired quite the steady following. The game posted 2.5 million players on launch date, with concurrent players peaking at 600,000. Meanwhile, Twitch registered 500,000 concurrent viewers, making one thing very clear – people love watching the game as much as playing it.

The numbers have gone drastically up, though, with 10 million unique players downloading and logging in to play in less than 3 days since release, making quite the splash.

Time for proper Battle Royale esports

Respawn aren’t twiddling their thumbs either. Twitch has announced a $200,000 esports tournament that will be divided into two separate challenges, one for North America and one for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The event will take place on February 12 through February 19 and it will feature 16 teams competing in four-hour gaming sessions.

There will be no structure to the tournament, but rather the inaugural event will be held in a more spectator-focused fashion, allowing Apex Legends to get another jab of popularity to its name. Several popular personalities have been already invited, including:

  • Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek
  • Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm
  • Ali “Myth” Kabbani

A viable esports future?

At a time when Fortnite is still struggling to find a proper competitive format for itself and PUBG is bogged down in smaller viewership numbers compared to other genres, Apex Legends is on its way to see if it can handle esports differently, if this is indeed the intent here.

Battle Royale games are not as viewer-friendly – following the action is difficult and the broadcast needs to focus on either a select team or specific locations, which is still a work in progress.

Apex Legends will continue to climb up the popularity charts, but Respawn Entertainment and EA will have to sit down and think about how to best tap into the full potential of the game.

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