Apex Legends Winter Circuit Online Tournament 1 Postponed

by in Apex Legends | Jan, 18th 2021

The 2021 season of the Apex Legends Global Series was supposed to already be well underway by the time you read this post, but that isn’t the case. Instead, the first event of the year, the Apex Legends Online Tournament 1, has been postponed for the foreseeable future. 

Apex Legends Online Tournament 1 Postponed

Initially, the Winter Circuit of the battle royale game would have gotten its start with the past weekend, but that was suddenly and abruptly changed when Respawn Entertainment announced that the Apex Legends Online Tournament 1 would be delayed. 

This decision was given suddenly over the weekend when the original dates for the online tournament were supposed to happen. This very confusing situation has many fans and players in the community, wondering what exactly is going on with the whole ordeal. 

It all began with a tweet from the official Apex Legends Twitter account on Jan. 16, when it noted that the Apex Legends Online Tournament 1 was postponed. Not much else was announced at that moment except for some minor adjustments to help with this change.

All we know is a general idea of when we will find out more about what will happen with the postponement of the Apex Legends Online Tournament 1 and why this sudden decision was made. As such, it is a very frustrating and confusing time for many players out there. 

Online Tournament 2 Will Now Be the First Event of the Season

The tweet did note that we will find out more about what is going on with the Apex Legends Online Tournament 1 postponement this week, but no other details about it were shared. This is likely since this decision was swiftly made out of necessity. 

There is the likelihood that there was no choice but to delay the first online tournament of the Winter Circuit this past weekend. There was no chance to quickly come up with a detailed announcement about everything that led to that point. 

Fortunately, we know one thing about the delay: the new first online tournament of the Apex Legends Global Series’ 2021 season will take place. New dates for the Apex Legends Online Tournament 1 have not been released for the Winter Circuit, but there is a replacement.

The Online Tournament 2, which was initially going to happen a couple of weeks from now as the second event of the Winter Circuit season, will now be the first tournament of the 2021 year. This will effectively be Online Tournament 1 from now on. 

New Dates for the Online Tournament 1

That means that those of you who were excited about the first online tournament and going to participate in it, or already did (more on that in a bit), then this will be where you will want to aim to battle it out as the first true event of the year. 

The dates for the Winter Circuit’s second event, which is now formally the new Apex Legends Online Tournament 1, are Jan. 29-31. This former second event will be the actual kickoff to the Winter Circuit season if all the stars align as they should.

Regardless, this is a pretty bizarre and frustrating situation for everyone involved in the original Apex Legends Online Tournament 1. That is because it was happening this past weekend. It had already started for many players around the world when the announcement was made. 

Some European players already participated in much of the first tournament of the year by the time Respawn announced to push back the first event and have the second one now be the year’s opening event. 

This Change Was Due to New Game Error Reports

Ironically, this was not the case initially as the league operations manager for the battle royale game, Zac Conely, even noted that the event was going to happen as planned only a few days ago. He tweeted about the state of the game and the competitive tournament.

A patch was released to help address significant problems that have been in the game for a while now. It was supposed to be in a state that would allow for the first competitive event of the year to happen. He noted that it would happen, but then, a day later, we received a different story. 

Conely followed up a day later with a further update, noting that the postponement decision was made. This was because Respawn had received reports of new errors following the hotfix meant to fix all of the problems plaguing the game.

Ever since the start of the Fight Night collection event in Apex Legends, there have been rampant reports of bugs that have been causing the game to crash and have freezing and other stability issues. These have been quite widespread throughout the community. 

There has already been one attempt to fix this with a patch, but that didn’t take care of everything. Then a second patch came just before the first tournament of the year, but it seems that that wasn’t enough either, as players still had issues with crashing and more. 

This led to the sudden decision to postpone the event entirely. At this time, what remains to be seen is what will happen now that the Winter Circuit is without one online tournament. Will Respawn and EA replace it with another event in the schedule? We will have to wait and see for now. Stay tuned for more updates in this rapidly developing story. 


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