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EA cancels Apex Major and multiple FIFA events due to Coronavirus concern

Published: 6/Mar/2020 22:35 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:19

by Scott Robertson

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The Coronavirus outbreak continues to negatively affect upcoming esports events, as Electronic Arts announced that all of their upcoming professional competitive live events for Apex Legends and FIFA 20 have been canceled or postponed.

EA made the announcement on March 6 that Apex Legends Global Series and FIFA 20 Global Series events would be impacted by health concerns regarding the outbreak.

Online-only competitions are remaining on schedule, but the first major of the Apex Global Series has been postponed, as well as the FIFA CONMEBOL eLibertadores Online event. The FUT Champions Cup Stage V in Bucharest and the FIFA PlayStation Licensed Qualifying Event have both been completely canceled.

EA said in their statement, “These decisions haven’t come easy, but given the large, global nature of these events, we believe that making these changes are in the best interest of protecting the health of the community, including competitors, attendees and staff.”

Fans who purchased tickets to the live events will be receiving refunds within 4-6 weeks after the announcement. EA claimed they are also “putting their focus into” addressing the reimbursement of air travel and hotel expenses for the canceled or postponed tournaments.

The first major of the new Apex Legends Global Series was scheduled to take place in Arlington, Texas from March 13-15. 100 teams were slated to compete for a half a million prize pool in what would have been Apex’s first massive offline esports competition. The second online tournament of the Global Series will still take place March 21 and 23.

Some recognizable names in esports were slated to have teams compete at the first Apex Legends Global Series major.

For pro FIFA fans, the eChampions League Online Qualifiers will still take place on March 14-15, with details regarding the league’s live event to be announced later.

With the FUT Champions Cup Stage V being canceled, that marks the second time in the same day that a massive esports event in Bucharest, Hungary has been pulled.

Earlier on March 6, the LEC for League of Legends announced its Spring Finals would no longer take place in Bucharest, and would instead take place at the LEC Studio in Berlin. That same day, the LCS, TwitchCon Amsterdam, the FLASHPOINT CS:GO league, and the SXSW convention all announced alterations or cancellations due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

This busy day of changes due to concerns over COVID-19 comes at the tail end of numerous other esports and gaming events being canceled or postponed for the same reasons.

Overwatch homestands in Korea and China, the Rocket League World Championships, and a Riot-sponsored Valorant gameplay event have all been canceled, and numerous other events have been affected, as well, as the outbreak continues to curtail large gatherings worldwide.

 

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Apex Legends leaker claims Heirloom weapon skins are coming

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:50

by Daniel Cleary

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An Apex Legends leaker has claimed that Respawn are planning to add a new tier of weapons skins for guns, at the same rarity as Heirlooms.

There is plenty of choice for players when it comes to customizing their favorite Apex Legends characters or weapons, and Respawn are always releasing new cosmetic items to keep the game fresh.

The cosmetics for characters and weapons are divided into classes, based on how rare they can be to find, and new leaks are suggesting that some more ultra-rare items could be coming.

Mirage's Heirloom pack in Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment
Gun weapon skins could be the next Heirlooms added to Apex Legends.

Heirloom weapon skins?

The Heirloom melee weapons for certain characters are the rarest items that can be unlocked in Apex Legends and, typically, there is only one of them released for a single Legend, each season.

However, while melee weapons are the only type of Heirloom cosmetics currently available, Apex leaker “SomeoneWhoLeaks” has revealed that ranged Heirloom skins for the different guns in-game might be next.

The leaker revealed that the rumor apparently stemmed from an investor inside EA before reminding Apex Legends fans that it has still yet to be confirmed by Respawn.

“Rumor has it that heirloom weapon skins are coming,” they explained, “this comes from some investors in EA, so take it with a grain of salt.”

The Apex leaker added that these would simply be released as ranged weapon skins but was unsure if they would be released through Heirloom Shards, similarly to the melee weapons that have already been released.

They also revealed that the timeline for when these potential Heirloom skins are coming is still unclear, which makes it unlikely that we will see them for the start of Season 7 on November 4.

While little has been revealed about these ultra-rare weapon skins, it is worth noting that nothing is set in stone and we won’t know for sure until Respawn officially release the rumored cosmetics.

SomeoneWhoLeaks has previously leaked Bangalore’s weapon heirloom, although we’re still to see this arrive in-game.