There’s only way direction to go for popular competitive video games: eSports. EA has announced the biggest eSports tournament yet for Battle Royale shooter Apex Legends with the Preseason Invitational. The tournament will be held in Krakow, Poland in September, and feature 80 3-person teams from around the world competing to win a prize pool of $500,000.
“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, Respawn Entertainment. “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.”
The Preseason Invitational is a double elimination format. Each round will determine who stays in the winner’s bracket, and who’s bumped to the loser’s bracket or eliminated entirely. The action will last until 20 teams remain for a final 60-person match to determine the winning team.
Players and teams who think they have what it takes can apply to the tournament by emailing the unique application email address. Applications must include the users’ Origin IDs and competitors must be at least 16 years old. Accepted teams must pay a $150 registration fee. Official tournament rules can be found here.
The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational takes place in Poland, September 13-16.