Respawn Entertainment's popular battle royale Apex Legends is heading for its first officially licensed esports tournament on 31 May 2019, with sixteen teams competing in FaceIt's Pro Series tournament. The prize pool stands at $50,000.
It's almost refreshing to hear something about Apex Legends, because most of the fans are anxiously waiting for the next update and Season 2 of the game's Battle Pass, which is expected to right all the wrongs from the maiden season.
As for the tournament itself, FaceIt Pro Series will gather sixteen "of the world's best Apex Legends teams", with a bunch of prominent teams confirming their attendance so far.
100Thieves, CLGaming, G2 Esports, Cloud9, compLexity, Dignitas, Fnatic, GenG, Misfits Gaming, NRG Esports, T1, TSM, Immortals and Team Liquid have confirmed their participation, with more teams coming via other groups.
"Two more teams will secure their place through the FACEIT Pro Series: Apex Legends qualifier, featuring 20 teams selected from the Apex Pro Discord", the announcement reads.
We're talking about an official Apex Legends tournament, so we're bound to see custom servers, although the exact format of the competition is still unclear.
As for Apex Legends itself, Respawn said in no uncertain terms that they're not Fortnite and that the update schedule will remain as is, meaning not exactly at the pace Epic Games can maintain with their game.
Respawn's CEO Vince Zampella stressed that the goal is not to overwork the team, but for what it's worth - he said that he's aware that the maiden season of Apex Legends hasn't been to everyone's liking.
Apparently, it's been intended more as a taste for new players, with more intricate Battle Pass workings reserved for Season 2 and onwards.
At the same time, Apex Legends will be richer by one official tournament and it seems like some additional exposure won't hurt Respawn's game.
In fact, according to SuperData's report, the game's revenue went down 74 per cent in just two months, which isn't exactly great news.
You can find FaceIt's announcement here.