EA has announced the details of the Apex Legends Autumn Circuit esports competitions, with a massive $500,000 being up for grabs across the world.
The Autumn Circuit will kick off on October 3, with the first regional competition. Regional events will then continue through to December, where the last chance qualifier and the playoffs will take place. The Autumn Circuit will culminate on December 20, just before Christmas, where the winners of the competition will be crowned.
The Autumn Circuit follows on from the massively successful Summer Circuit, which is currently in the closing stages. Over 2,000 squads competed in the competition, with some close action across all the regions. Despite somewhat flying under the radar compared to other major esports, the Apex Legends esports scene is looking very healthy right now.
“The growth has been tremendous; we had over 2,000 squads ultimately competing for a spot in the Summer Circuit Playoffs, which will kick off on September 12,” said ALGS Commissioner, John Nelson. “Throughout the Summer Circuit, and with the upcoming Autumn tournament, we’re listening to players and viewers alike to ensure continued growth, as well as to captivate and engage fans across the globe. With eighty teams, representing more than 25 countries, competing in next weekend’s Playoffs, the future is bright for Apex Legends competitive gaming.”
Of course with the pandemic still in full swing across the world, the entire Apex Legends esports scene had to be moved online earlier this year, and as a result, the Autumn Circuit is split into multiple regions, including the combination of Oceania and SEA for the first time. However, despite the pandemic, EA is still sticking to what they promised at the start of the year, even if it is slightly different from what they had planned.
“Early on, we pledged $3 million in prize money for the duration of the ALGS and the Autumn Circuit’s $500k prize pool is part of our commitment to seeing that through,” said Nelson. “The pandemic has required that we shift our Global Series plans to ensure the safety of everyone involved in competitions and broadcasts, for at least 2020, to online only. We created an entirely cloud-based production system that has been in place since March. Just like our competitive rulesets and Apex Legends itself, we’ve adapted to feedback and learnings very quickly so that Apex Legends esports can continue to grow despite the absence of offline events.”
— to www.forbes.com