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Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 boasts $5M prize pool, introduces crossplay and Challenger Circuit

EA has just revealed plans for the second year of Apex Legends Global Series, which include doubled prize pool, the introduction of consoles, a split between pro and amateur competitions, and more.
Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 boasts $5M prize pool, introduces crossplay and Challenger Circuit

Electronic Arts and Respawn are more than happy with how everything went during the inaugural year of Apex Legends Global Series.

The final event, the ALGS Championship, saw 170 of the very best Apex Legends teams from all around the world competing for a chance to be crowned champions and earn their share of a $2.5 million prize pool.

The battle royale fans had a chance to enjoy watching some of the best Apex Legends matches to date, and eventually, 5 regional ALGS Champions were crowned: Bottom 20 (North America), SCARZ Europe (EMEA), WOLFPACK ARCTIC (APAC South), FENNEL Korea (APAC North), and Paradox Esports (South America).

With competition being such a major success, EA is ready to make next year even better, and today they shared all the important details on what can we expect in Year 2 of the ALGS.

One of the biggest changes is that console players will be allowed to compete alongside PC players.

"To maintain competitive integrity, all controller players will be competing using PC-value aim assist settings, regardless of their platform," EA explains.

Let's check out other important details.

Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 format and schedule

Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 boasts $5M prize pool, introduces crossplay and Challenger Circuit
Year 2 will have more matches and more opportunities for teams. (Picture: EA)

Chronologically, Year 2 will be divided into two Splits, followed by the ALGS Championship in July 2022.

The competition will have two main components, one is the ALGS Pro League and the other is a new addition, the Challenger Circuit in North America, EMEA, APAC South, APAC North, and South America.

During each Split, teams from the Challenger Circuit will battle for a chance to join pro teams in the ALGS Pro League.

Here is the full schedule of ALGS Year 2

  • 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

During the regular season of Pro League Split 1, each of the 5 regions will have 40 teams competing, 20 of which will be directly invited, while the remaining 20 have secured their place via the Preseason Qualifiers.

Apex Legends Global Series Year 2 boasts $5M prize pool, introduces crossplay and Challenger Circuit
Year 2 features a $5M prize pool, double the amount of Year 1. (Picture: EA)

Those 40 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 10, where the competition will unfold as follows:

  • Five weeks of online competition in which teams will compete in a double round-robin format (each group plays each other group twice)
  • 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

The ALGS Challenger Circuit will run parallel to the Pro League Regular Season, and will feature four open registration weekend tournaments in the following regions:

  • North America
  • Europe, Middle East & Africa
  • APAC South
  • APAC North
  • South America

The prize pool for Year 2 is doubled compared to the previous year, with a $5,000,000 USD total prize pool spread across the year. For more details about the structure, prize pool, and schedule, you can visit the official announcement of Year 2 of the Apex Legends Global Series.

Don't forget to visit our dedicated Apex Legends section where you’ll find news, guides, updates, esports coverage and more.

Featured image courtesy of Respawn Entertainment.