It hasn’t even been a week since the launch of Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends, yet people are already talking about a possible esports scene. In fact, the games first proper Apex competition has already been announced, and it’s going to be a Twitch Rivals tournament. The tournament will take place on February 12, 2019, at 1 PM PST on the Twitch Rivals channel.
Twitch Rivals would release a post acknowledging the new tournament, as well as giving plenty of information to the viewers at home:
We’re teaming up with Respawn Entertainment for the Twitch Rivals Apex Legends Challenge, featuring 48 Twitch streamers competing live for $200,000 in prizes. This two-part competition goes down on Feb 12th and 19th, and it’s the perfect chance to see which your favorite streamers are leading the pack in the new Battle Royale shooter that’s taking Twitch by storm. Each event features 16 three-player squads. Streamers from North America and EMEA are representing their territories, with a total of 48 competitors.
Each team will battle over a four-hour timeframe to earn the most points. Five points will be awarded for each match victory, and each kill will be worth one point. Squads will have to exemplify perfect team coordination, mastery of Legends and incredible aim to claim victory. Some of the most popular streamers on the platform will be playing in the tournament, like Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm, Michael “shroud” Grzesiek and Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang.
Twitch Rivals has attracted plenty of fans amongst their tournaments, like the recent League of Legends tournament they hosted. It was a unique experience where each streamer could broadcast their own point-of-view to their fans. Additionally, it was a unifying experience where smaller, lesser-known streamers were given plenty of exposure alongside some of the most popular streamers in the esport scene. However, with the relative newness of Apex Legends, many people are wondering if event coordinators are jumping the gun when it comes to building an esports scene.
For example, NRG Esports has already begun recruiting Apex Legends players for a professional team, as well as content creators. However, we are still in the honeymoon phase of this game. It hasn’t even been a week into APEX Legends‘ release, and yet people are calling the game the Fortnite killer. Although their numbers have been impressive in the last three days, they have yet to even come close to Fortnite‘s numbers. Still, people cannot deny the potential that is clearly there for this budding smash hit.
They need to build the professional scene properly, unlike games like PUBG and past esports scenes that have floundered. Granted, this game is much more exciting to watch than PUBG. It also has plenty of unique abilities to keep skirmishes and fights fresh in every game. They may also consider releasing a solos mode in the future. The lack of game modes could lead to stagnation with its player base should they get bored, and trust me, they eventually will.
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