The Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) 2023 Championship has moved to Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, UK.
The Championship — the final event in the game’s esports season — will take place on September 6th-10th.
The news was announced at the end of the Split 2 Playoffs last weekend, which took place at the Copperbox Arena in London, the same venue and location as the Split 1 Playoffs earlier this February.
The move to Birmingham thus represents a switch up for publisher Electronic Arts (EA). EA had previously announced late last year that all three major international LAN events (Split 1, Split 2 and the Championship) would take place in London.
In an interview at the ALGS Split 2 Playoffs, EA said London’s Copperbox arena was a great venue for ALGS’ playoffs. “We’ve been able to make a lot of improvements from the player experience standpoint, from a fan experience standpoint, just having been here before,” ALGS Commissioner John Nelson told Esports Insider.
But Nelson also said the UK more broadly was an important base for Apex Legends esports. “Coming [to the UK] again has allowed us to grow a fanbase here, to make it feel almost like this is home turf now for the ALGS,” Nelson said. “It’s just been really exciting to build a UK fan base point for the ALGS here, see them come out to support.”
The Championship event will run alongside Insomnia Gaming Festival, which also takes place in Birmingham on September 7th-10th in the closeby Birmingham NEC centre.
Developer EA announced that there would be ‘cross-collaborations’ between the ALGS Championship and Insomnia, and that details would be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the ALGS Championship 2023 go on sale July 21st at 8 AM PST.
It is not clear why EA has moved the ALGS from London to Birmingham, though the Resorts World Arena in London has almost double the seating capacity of the Copperbox (7500 vs 15,000).
Nonetheless, the Copperbox Arena in London has become a mainstay for esports in the British capital after winning bids for major esports events, including League of Legends, Rocket League and Call of Duty.