EA Announces $5 Million USD Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 Championship
Electronic Arts (EA) just revealed the next stage of the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) which will feature a prize pool of $5 Million and it may finally see ALGS return as a LAN event. EA is trying to host three LAN events this year but it is unknown if things will work out. Year 2 of ALGS will also feature console players for the first time, offering pro players a chance to compete from any platform. The format of the ALGS is also being tweaked to cater to a larger playerbase. Here is everything you need to know about Year 2 of the Apex Legends Global Series.
Apex Legends Global Series – Year 2 Schedule
Preseason Qualifiers: September - October 2021
Pro League Regular Season - Split 1: October - December 2021
Challenger Circuit - Split 1: October - December 2021
Split 2 Pro League Qualifiers: January 2022
Split 1 Playoffs: January 2022
Pro League Regular Season - Split 2: February - March 2022
Challenger Circuit - Split 2: February - March 2022
Split 2 Playoffs: May 2022
Championship Last Chance Qualifiers: May 2022
Year 2 - ALGS Championship: July 2022
Apex Legends Global Series – Year 2 Format
Year 2 of the ALGS will kick off with four weeks of online Preseason Qualifiers to determine which 20 teams from each region will begin Split 1 competing in the Pro League, joining 20 other teams (per region) that will be directly invited and will not be required to compete in these qualifiers.
Registration for the Preseason Qualifiers will open on 18th Aug 2021.
The four online Preseason Qualifier tournaments will take place on 11th-13th September, 25th-27th September, 2nd-4th October, and 9th-11th October 2021.
The winning team from each region in each Preseason Qualifier will automatically qualify for Split 1 of the Pro League.
Following all four Preseason Qualifier tournaments, the top 16 teams in each region by cumulative points earned throughout the qualifiers, will also qualify for Split 1 of the Pro League. All other participating teams will begin Split 1 in the Challenger Circuit.
PRO LEAGUE - SPLIT 1
All five regions of the Pro League will be comprised of 40 teams:
20 directly invited teams
20 teams from the Preseason Qualifiers
The 40 teams in each region will be seeded into four groups of 10 teams each using Year 1 ALGS and Preseason Qualifier performance.
The Pro League Regular Season will consist of five weeks of online competition in which teams will compete in a double round-robin format. In total, each team will play 36 games in the Regular Season across six series of six games each.
On the line for teams during the Regular Season, is playoff qualification and a $500,000 USD prize pool.
At the end of the Split 1 Regular Season, the bottom eight teams in each region will be relegated to the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier, where they will battle against Split 1’s top-performing Challenger Circuit teams for a spot in the Split 2 Pro League.
CHALLENGER CIRCUIT - SPLIT 1:
The ALGS Challenger Circuit will run parallel to the Pro League Regular Season, providing teams with the opportunity to compete to qualify for the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier.
Each Challenger Circuit split will feature four open registration weekend tournaments in the following regions:
Asia-Pacific (APAC) South
Asia-Pacific (APAC) North
Middle East & Africa
Following the four Challenger Circuit tournaments in Split 1, top teams by ALGS points earned throughout the Split in each region will qualify for the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier.
PLAYOFFS - SPLIT 1
At the end of the Pro League’s Split 1 Regular Season comes the Playoffs where, should conditions allow, 40 teams will compete in-person for $1,000,000 USD and global bragging rights.
SPLIT 2 PRO LEAGUE QUALIFIER
The ALGS Split 2 Pro League Qualifier will take place in January 2022, prior to the Split 1 Playoffs. This online tournament pits the bottom eight teams from each region’s Pro League Split 1 Regular Season against top teams in each region’s Split 1 Challenger Circuit to determine who will advance to the Pro League in Split 2.
SPLIT 2 PRO LEAGUE & CHALLENGER CIRCUIT
Split 2 will include another run of Pro League Regular Season, Playoffs, and Challenger Circuit competition with another $1,500,000 USD up for grabs. More details on this event will be available at a later date.
ALGS CHAMPIONSHIP & LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS
The ALGS Championship will take place in July 2022 and, should conditions allow, feature the 40 best Apex Legends teams in the world, competing in-person for $2,000,000 USD and the title of Year 2 - ALGS Champions. More information on the ALGS Championship and the Last Chance Qualifiers will be released ahead of Split 2.
Apex Legends Global Series – Year 2 prize pool
The event will feature a prize pool of $5 Million USD with $2 Million USD being the prize pool for the main event.
Competitive Changes and Cross-Play
In Year 2 of the ALGS, Respawn is "creating an ecosystem comprised of separate levels of competition" for both professional and amateur Apex Legends players with the introduction of our ALGS Pro League and Challenger Circuit in North America, EMEA, APAC South, APAC North, and South America.
The studio is also expanding beyond the PC for the first time in ALGS history, enabling Xbox and PlayStation players to participate. To maintain competitive integrity, all controller players will be competing using PC-value aim assist settings, regardless of their platform.