EA to Host 'Apex Legends' E-Sports Tournament With $500,000 Prize Pool

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The company's answer to 'Fortnite' (which held its own inaugural tournament last weekend with a $30 million prize pool) will invite 80 teams from across the world to compete in Krakow, Poland, from Sept. 13-15.

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Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment have announced the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, the first organized competition for the Battle Royale shooter, which first launched in February.

Eighty teams from around the world will compete in Krakow, Poland, from Sept. 13-15 for a prize pool totaling $500,000 (a fraction of the $30 million in prizes offered by Epic Games at its inaugural Fortnite World Cup over the weekend). Teams can submit an application to be invited to the event via email.

The competition will follow double-elimination rules with all teams starting in a winners’ bracket, then performance deciding which teams fall to losers’ bracket or are eliminated until the last 20 teams compete in the final match.

"Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level," said Chad Grenier, design director on Apex Legends at Respawn. "We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life."

Elsewhere, Nintendo will be sending four Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players to Las Vegas this weekend to compete at Evo 2019, which begins Friday. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s finals will close the event on Sunday night.

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