EA, the publisher behind battle royale title Apex Legends, has announced plans for the third year of the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS).
The upcoming year will feature a return to LAN tournaments, new regional finals and updates to the Challenger Circuit. EA also announced its ALGS Pro League teams and the ALGS prize pool, which is set to be $5m (~£4.32m).
The Apex Legends Global Series is the official esports series for the battle royale game. Since its inaugural season, which started in 2020, the ALGS has slowly attracted a lot of attention. According to Esports Charts, the finals of the ALGS Year 2 gathered over 630,000 peak viewers last June.
The new season of the ALGS will be divided into two tiers: the ALGS Pro League, where professional Apex Legends teams will compete, and the Challenger Circuit for semi-professional teams. The competition will also host a total of three LAN tournaments. The first LAN of the season, the Split 1 Playoffs, will be played in early 2023, followed by the Split 2 Playoffs in spring. The Year 3 Championship, the largest Apex Legends LAN of the season, is scheduled for the summer of 2023.
The Pro League will return on November 6th, 2022 and will consist of 30 teams in each of the five ALGS regions. The winning team of each Challenger Circuit tournament will also qualify for the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier or the Last Chance Qualifier. This will improve the quality of the competition, whilst also giving more teams an entry point into competitive Apex Legends.
The invited teams for this year were also unveiled. Notable esports organisations from around the world will compete in the Pro League such as Fnatic, Detonator, Alliance, Natus Vincere, 100 Thieves, Team Liquid, TSM, G2 and Team Singularity, among others.