Apex Legends Summer Circuit Announced for Global Series
EA and Respawn Entertainment have announced that the Apex Legends Global Series is getting a new addition this summer. Known as the Apex Legends Summer Circuit, this section of the 2020 season will take the competition to new heights and in a new direction.
Apex Legends Global Series Is Getting a New Portion
Currently, the Apex Legends Global Series has been in a weird spot ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament series to shift to an online-only, remote situation. It hasn’t adjusted as well as other leagues like the Call of Duty League, for several factors.
The main one is one that is hard to handle, even for the tournament organizers, and that is because of a lack of clarity surrounding the series. It hasn’t been the clearest up until this point and the new Apex Legends Summer Circuit helps some with that while creating more confusion as well.
Thus far, we have only had the online tournaments, for the most part, that focus on letting anyone who wants to join in on the action do so. Through that, the leaderboards in the world have been changing and shifting, with mainly the top pro esports organizations standing at the top.
It has been a strange scenario as there are the best players from around the world competing alongside those who haven’t competed in a professional esports tournament once in their lives. It is a weird set up and one that is hard to help given the state of the world currently.
With that said, the Apex Legends Summer Circuit does make the most sense out of anything that we have seen thus far in the Global Series and could be the defining moment for the league as it moves into a more traditional (sort of) format of handling everything.
Summer Circuit Groups and Regions
The Apex Legends Summer Circuit will compose of several different regional qualifying tournaments that will happen throughout the summer season. These will allow teams from across the world to compete in their particular region for a chance at prizes, fame, and more.
Teams who do well can earn a chance to compete for the world championship title in the playoffs section of the Summer Circuit and Global Series as a whole. Though much of it is still vague at this time, it looks like this is the answer that we have been looking for, for the series.
The Apex Legends Summer Circuit will be a four-month series of tournaments that will have the regional leaders in various parts of the world compete against one another to see who is the best. Four main regions will be competing with their separate tournaments.
Presumably, the regional tournaments will take place in that particular region and only involve teams there, allowing them to compete to see who can make it to the playoffs on the world stage where the best from all of the regions will battle against one another.
The four regions are the EMEA, which stands for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, the Americas that are composed of both North and South America, the APAC South including Greater Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and finally, APAC North, which includes Japan and Korea.
Teams and players will be competing in those regions, based on their location, and will be able to earn some prizes based on placement and a potential seat at the playoffs in September.
Apex Legends Summer Circuit Schedule Revealed
The full schedule for the Apex Legends Summer Circuit has been revealed already. Well, sort of the full schedule as we will get to in a little bit. The Super Regional 1 tournament will begin on June 21 and will kick off the Summer Circuit with two different competitions happening that day.
The EMEA region will kick off its first event there while the Americas will have its event at 3:45 p.m. PT. They will compete then for a chance at the playoffs and a share of the prizes. The second Super Regional event will happen on July 12, also with EMEA and the Americas at the same time.
From there, the third Super Regional will follow on July 26 with the EMEA and Americas competing at the same time as before. This is followed by the Super Regional 4, the last of the normal ones for the Summer Circuit, which will happen on Aug. 9 at the standard times.
Interestingly enough, the Apex Legends Global Series will take a page after that fourth event from other esports leagues, like fighting games, in particular. There will be a Last Chance Qualifiers tournament that will happen a week later on Aug. 16.
What is odd about this one is that it only notes Europe and North America, so presumably, the other regions that were part of the Super Regionals, including the Middle East, South America, and so on, will not have one final chance to make it to the playoffs.
This will take place on Aug. 16 at 3:45 p.m. PT for North America. Once that is all done with, the playoffs will begin Sept. 12-13 and feature those teams who were able to secure a shot at the world championship from across the world. There are no details regarding the playoffs, so stay tuned for more info on that once we have it.
What is interesting about this schedule, though, is that it made no mention of the other two regions: APAC North and South. Neither one was seen in the official schedule on the blog post, so we were unable to provide details about them.
What is even odder is the fact that the Apex Legends Summer Circuit is open to nearly everyone on PC. The only requirement that you must meet is that you need to have achieved Gold IV rank on the PC version of the battle royale title in series four, split one by June 18 and register.
That means that you could participate and fight alongside some of the best teams around like Team SoloMid, SCARZ White, and more.
Summer Circuit Prizes
The prizes for each of the four main Super Regional events have also been revealed by this announcement. You can find the full list of the prizes and what players and teams will earn for doing well in the event below:
- 1st place: Americas – $6,000, EMEA – $6,000, APAC North/South – $2,000
- 2nd place: (same order) $3,000, $3,000, $1,000, $1,000
- 3rd place: (same order) $1,500, $1,500, $500, $500
The prizes for the playoffs have also been revealed, which are based on the region so this will only be region-based? This is what we were talking about the confusion that EA has created around the Global Series. Things aren’t nearly as clear as they should be.
- 1st place: Americas/EMEA – $36,000, APAC North/South – $15,000
- 2nd place: (same order) $25,250 (Americas and EMEA), $10,200 (APAC)
- 3rd place: $18,000, $6,750
- 4th place: $12,600, $4,725
- 5th place: $9,000, $3,480
And it continues from there, going down until the 20th place with teams from the Americas and EMEA earning $900, and APAC teams earning $300.