Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 Schedule Revealed
EA and Respawn Entertainment have announced that the Apex Legends Global Series will continue after the first year’s success with the second iteration of it, which is essentially the next season. As part of this, the first Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 details have been revealed.
Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 Announced
With the announcement of the Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 on the EA blog, it has been fully revealed how the second year of the esports series will work. Those who are not familiar with the ALGS are essentially the official esports arm of one of the most popular battle royale games in the world.
EA has hosted the series for a while, although much of the competition had to be adjusted last year in 2020 because the global pandemic began and has been going for some time. Much of what was originally planned for the series had to be changed last-minute.
This led to some quick moves to make the events work online, which led to the Global Series not being what it was originally planned to be. That said, EA did a great job adjusting and making sure that much of the world could participate in the event.
With the announcement of Apex Legends Global Series Year 2, one of the biggest changes is that vaccinations are now happening in many countries around the world and millions are getting their shots. With this in mind, it is hoped that, if conditions allow, for the long-awaited return to in-person competitions.
There are three live events currently planned for Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 that will fulfill the promise of the series and, hopefully, show its true potential. There is a lot to look forward to over the next year or so.
Past Success of Year 1 Revealed
Before we jump into the Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 schedule, it is important to look back at the past success of the first year of the ALGS. During that time, there were many online events for players to compete in around the world.
It all culminated this past June with the inaugural ALGS Championship, where 170 of the best Apex Legends squads from around the world competed at the same time to find out who the very best is. As part of this, they had the chance to earn a share of the massive $2.5 million prize pool.
The ALGS Championship was divided up into the respective regions of the world that could participate in the season, as the live events had not yet returned. This, hopefully, reduced the server issues since the competitors were all from the same general region.
In the championship event, the North America Finals achieved a whopping 180,000 viewers an average minute in the broadcast across all of the individual player streams, watch parties, and the overall live stream that EA was officially hosting.
This set a brand new record for the Global Series, showing that there is likely only more room to grow in the future. The new viewership record surpassed the previous record, which was the North America Winter Circuit Playoffs in March earlier this year by around 32% more average viewers.
For the other regions of the championship event, more than 90,000 viewers on average every minute watching the streams, helping to add to the success that Apex Legends already has. This year, it was announced that the game now has more than 100 million total players and is currently one of the hottest games on social media.
With the five regional champions now declared with Bottom 20 (Kungarna NA) in North America, SCARZ Europe in the EMEA region, Wolfpack Arctic in APAC South, Fennel Korea in APAC North, and Paradox Esports, it is time to look forward to the new champions in Year 2.
New Additions: Pro Divisions and Console Players
First and foremost, the announcement of Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 includes two major additions that were not there in the previous season. It all begins with the fact that EA is now dividing the league into two formats that will ensure that players worldwide all have adequate chances of competing.
In the first year, every player and team were on the same playing field, with the already existing pros and content creators competing on the same level as the amateur challengers looking to prove themselves. However, that is now changing with the second year of the series.
There are now enough competitions and circuits available for both the pros out there and the challengers who wish to make a name for themselves. The brand new Pro League will be available for the proven veterans and the Challenger Circuit for newcomers in all five regions of North America, South America, EMEA, APAC South, and APAC North.
Further expanding the network of competitors beyond even that is the other new addition of allowing players outside of just the PC platform. Given that Apex Legends is a cross-platform game on all platforms, the ALGS is now expanding to offer players on Xbox and PlayStation consoles to compete, too.
Although the Nintendo Switch version of the game is compatible with the other platforms, it does look like it will not be included in this expansion. But this is still great news for other console players since they will now have the chance to join in on the fun.
To keep a balance between the players, all players on controllers, no matter if they are playing on PC or console, will be competing with the same PC-value aim assist settings. This is there to try and balance the eternal battle of keyboard/mouse versus controller.
Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 Schedule
The entire general Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 schedule has been announced. It takes place from right now through the end of the current year and into the first half of 2022. It includes everything from the splits that will happen to the next championship event.
Even though the inaugural season just concluded, it is now time for the second one to begin soon. We have some general ideas of how the next year of Apex Legends esports will look like. It is quite exciting, with a lot of events on the horizon.
There is a total prize pool of $5 million offered over the next year throughout all of the competitions, which is a hefty amount but will be divided up between all of the events. Most of the events will be online, but as mentioned already, three of the main ones will be in-person for the first time.
The Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 schedule begins with the first event coming up pretty soon with the preseason qualifiers. This is the first event of the year and will include four weeks of online qualifiers for finding out who the top teams from each region will be.
Registration is opening up for the preseason qualifiers for Year 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 18, so just under a month from now. More details on how to register and qualify for this will be revealed soon. The actual event, though, will not begin until almost a month after that.
The four online preseason qualifier events will occur Sept. 11-13, Sept. 25-27, Oct. 2-4, and Oct. 9-11. The general purpose of the preseason qualifiers is there to figure out which teams will be in the first-ever Pro League and which ones will be in the Challenger Circuit.
How it works is that the winners from each of the four preseason qualifier weeks will automatically earn a place in the Pro League, but that only makes for four teams. Sixteen more teams will be chosen to compete in the pro division by being the top 16 teams after the initial four with the most points added across the four weeks. All other teams will be in the Challenger Circuit.
Split 1 Schedule
After the preseason has concluded, the first split will begin with the Pro League and Challenger Circuit. The Pro League will include the 20 teams above from the preseason, with an additional 20 teams selected for the event through invite-only who will not have to compete in the qualifiers.
All five regions will have 40 teams in total for the first split of the Pro League. They will then be seeded into four total groups of 10 teams based on their performance in the first year of the ALGS and the preseason qualifiers. There will be five weeks of online competitions where they will compete against one another.
How it works is that there will be a double round robin-style competition with every single group playing the other groups twice in the first season. This means that each team can look forward to 36 matches for six series of six games each.
At the end of the first split season, the bottom eight teams will be kicked to the split two Pro League qualifier, where they will have to earn the right to be in the upcoming Pro League. On the other hand, the remaining teams will likely earn the automatic entry into the second split.
On the side of the equation are the amateur teams in the Challenger Circuit. There will be four open registration weekend tournaments for this division in every region in the first split. Once the four online tournaments have happened, the points earned will be added up. The best teams will qualify for the split two Pro League qualifiers.
Before the second split begins, though, we will have our first split playoffs that will also be the first of three in-person events. The 40 best teams worldwide will compete for a share of the $1 million prize pool and the chance to be considered among the best around.
Split 2 Schedule and New Countries/Territories
Once the playoffs have concluded for the first split, or half of Apex Legends Global Series Year 2, the second half will begin. Before the playoffs, the split two Pro League qualifier will happen in each region to determine the eight teams who will join the 32 returning teams in the next Pro League.
From there, the schedule is generally the same as the first split, with the Pro League continuing with five more weeks of competition, 36 games for teams to play, and points on the line. Meanwhile, in the Challenger Circuit, it will continue with the same old online competitions as well, all leading up to the second playoffs event in person.
But, instead of having a split Pro League qualifiers, there will be a Last Chance qualifiers event at the end of the split. This will feature the final spots in the second ALGS championship, where teams will earn a chance to compete against the best in the world for a share of $2 million and the title of the Year 2 champions.
While the five regions will remain the same in Year 2 of the ALGS, new countries and territories will join the ranks. Here are the 16 new places that will now be able to compete in the upcoming year of competitions:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Trinidad & Tobago