The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational kicks off September 13 live from Poland and runs until the 15th where teams will compete for a cut of the $500,000 prize.
EA and Respawn have been ramping up the competitive Apex Legends scene and that's continuing with the Preseason Invitational which starts today.
This three-day event will feature some of the biggest esports team involved in competitive Apex Legends including Team SoloMid, NRG, Luminosity, and many more.
Where to watch the Preseason Invitational
Tickets to the event in person are available in you happen to be in Poland. For the rest of you watching at home, you can do so from the comfort of your couch.
The event will kick off at 1 PM CEST (7 AM EDT / 4 AM PDT / 12 PM BST) each day of the event and will be live on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and Facebook. The Twitch stream can be found below.
On the Electronic Arts website, there's a simple schedule for this Invitational - as seen below. This shows the start of matches and even the finals too.
Broadcast begins: 1:00 p.m. CEST (7:00 a.m. EDT / 4:00 a.m. PDT) each day of the event
Gameplay begins: 1:30 p.m. CEST (7:30 a.m. EDT / 4:30 a.m. PDT) each day of the event
Finals begin: 5:00 p.m. CEST (11:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. PDT) on September 15
What are the rules?
With 80 teams and 240 players total competiting in the event, it might be helpful to know the rules if you're watching along.
It's actually not all that hard to follow and a good chunk of points will come from where teams place. If a team is eliminated, they'll drop down to the loser's bracket and still have another chance to compete.
Here's the complete look at the rules courtesy of Liquipedia.
- Eliminations will provide 1 Point.
- Placement points are distributed as the following per round:
- 1st place - 12 Points.
- 2nd place - 9 Points.
- 3rd place - 7 Points.
- 4th place - 5 Points.
- 5th place - 4 Points.
- 6th - 10th place - 2 Points.
- 11th - 15th place - 1 Points.
- 16th - 20th place - 0 Points.
- This Tournament uses a double-elimination format with a Winners Bracket and a Losers Bracket.
- All Teams will be initially placed in the Winners Bracket Round 1.
- The Winners Bracket consists of 3 rounds. Each round consists of a set number of matchups ("Match") between the Teams in a Group.
- The 10 Teams with the round's highest Series Scores in each Group at the conclusion of each round advance to the next round in the Winners Bracket or the Tournament Finals.
- The remaining Teams (max: 10) fall to the corresponding Losers Bracket as described in the Sections devoted to each Round below.
What teams are competing?
All the big organizations you're used to seeing compete in Apex Legends are here including Team SoloMid, NRG, CLG, Team Liquid, and many more.
However, since there are 80 teams competing in total, with some lesser-known teams rising to the challenge, including some from regions outside of North America.
For the complete list of teams and their players, they can be found below - courtesy of EA.
What's the prize pool breakdown?
Although 80 teams are competing, only 20 will be getting a share of the winnings, meaning they'll have to finish in the top fourth of all teams.
The first-place team will come away with $105,000.
On top of that, there will be a special "Apex Predator" prize which goes to the player who earned the most kills and he'll be given an $8,000 prize.