No LAN in sight, but online events will get even more exciting
The Apex Legends Global series joins #StayandPlay
Apex Legends canceled one more LAN after the Arlington, Texas Major. This time it was the Premier tournament which was set to take place in Bucharest, Romania. To make it up for pro players, each of the upcoming Online events will get a prize pool of $100,000. The Battle Royale shooter has also joined EA’s company initiative #StayandPlay.
Due to the coronavirus global pandemic still being a major threat in most countries around the world, offline events are simply a thing of the past. Respawn Entertainment, the developers of Apex Legends, already canceled their first Major tournament for 2020 which was originally scheduled for March 13-15 in Arlington Texas. As a result, the prize pool for the Online event which followed was raised to $300,000. EA announced the suspension of all live events, putting the health of the community first.
Now the trend continues with Respawn postponing another LAN, this time the Premier event that was set to be in Bucharest, Romania, between May 30 and May 31. The Paris tournament was supposed to have a $100,000 prize pool and now that reward will be switched over to the online tournaments.
That’s right, not one, but all the upcoming online tournaments. The online events will also reward Apex Legends Global Series points which will be vital for any team trying to earn a spot for the big event of the year. It’s a different question if the said event will happen live, depending entirely on how long the coronavirus situation lasts. Chances are we’ll see even the final event for the year shift to an online format.
So what’s the #StayandPlay initiative of EA? Exactly what it sounds like. Here’s how EA described it in their own words:
Stay & Play is also about our commitment to all of you and using the resources of Electronic Arts to provide our community with new kinds of entertainment to play or watch. We’ll have athletes, celebrities and influencers joining games with players from home. We’re working with our partners at FIFA, the NFL, NBA, NHL and UFC to create new sports moments when sports in the real world have stopped. There will be giveaways, more ways to join in our biggest games, and many more great opportunities for players as part of this program – all focused on bringing this community together and finding joy in play.
Apex Legends is currently in its fourth season and an Easter event is expected in the following week. The developers also announced that we’ll get a backstory video on Bloodhound who’ll soon have a Town Takeover event.
Who knows, maybe we’ll finally see what’s under Bloodhound’s mask? Considering the coronavirus pandemic that's probably a bad idea, so we probably won't. Stay tuned for more Apex Legends news.