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American College becomes first to offer Apex Legends scholarship

Published: 15/Mar/2019 12:41 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 12:52

by Matt Porter

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Apex Legends has quickly become one of the most popular games in the world, and an American college is attempting to use the game’s growth to attract students by offering the first scholarship for the battle royale title.

Apex Legends broke the 50 million players barrier in the first month of its release, marking an incredible rise since the game went live on Monday, February 4.

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With the game sitting at the top of Twitch, it seems Becker College in Massachusetts is hoping to use the immense popularity of the title among the gaming community to entice potential students to pick the school.

YouVisit / Becker CollegeBecker College are offering an Apex Legends scholarship.

First reported by Digital Trends, Becker College have announced that they have partnered with Helix Esports and Team Genji to offer an Apex Legends scholarship fund that will give top players $5,000 to put towards their education.

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Becker College esports manager Timothy Loew said: “Our goal is to give top Apex Legends players a unique chance to combine their talents with an education. Becker is excited to shape the future of competitive gaming.”

As part of the scholarship program, Becker College, in conjunction with Team Genji and Helix Esports, will be holding a combine in New Jersey in April where analytics and statistics will be identify players who should apply for the scholarship, with Becker aiming to have a team in place for the fall of 2019.

Becker College will hold a combine in April.

Becker College already has ties to the world of esports, as it was the first college to have a varsity esports program in Massachusetts, while also being the first college in the U.S. to have an esports management bachelor degree.

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While Becker College may be opening an Apex Legends scholarship, the game’s esports scene is still relatively small, with no official word from Respawn Games as to when we will receive more information regarding the competitive future of the title.

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Respawn confirm capped FPS for Apex Legends on next-gen consoles

Published: 9/Oct/2020 22:41

by Bill Cooney

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Apex fans looking forward to a possible FPS boost when the game heads to next-gen consoles have been left disappointed after devs from Respawn confirmed that upgrade wasn’t going to happen.

FPS means “frames per second” and represents how many times your screen refreshes over a second. Generally, the rule for most games is higher FPS = smoother movement and graphics in-game.

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Both the Series X and PS5 will be able to support games up to 120 FPS, double the amount from the previous generation of consoles, but not all games will be able to take advantage.

Unfortunately, while Apex will be coming to both next-gen machines, it doesn’t seem like Respawn will be able to increase the frames players can achieve.

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Replying to a user on Twitter who inquired about the 60 FPS lock, Respawn dev Jason McCord confirmed Apex would be staying where it was so that everyone could continue playing, no matter what system they’re on.

“Locking the game on consoles lets us give a more consistent framerate for the lower end machines,” McCord explained. “If we uncapped it, you’d see much bigger spikes and valleys, and the game would feel worse.”

That’s not to say that Apex won’t perform better with new hardware though, framerate drops have been an almost constant complaint amongst players since the game was released, but it’s thought that the PS5 and Xbox Series X should do a much better job of keeping things at consistent 60 FPS.

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In fact if Apex is able to keep framerate drops from happening, we’d wager being able to keep things going at a steady 60 frames a second would be a significantly more noticeable upgrade for many players than making it able to go all the way up to 120.

All that being said Respawn’s battle royale is still doing quite well with a loyal community of fans, and it will look to keep things going as players eventually start to move to new consoles to play through Season 7.