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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.

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.

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.

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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Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.