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How to watch ESPN’s $25,000 Apex Legends EXP Pro-Am – stream, schedule, more

Published: 10/Jul/2019 10:19 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 23:06

by David Purcell

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ESPN are teaming up with Respawn Entertianment to bring a brand-new EXP Pro-AM competitive event for Apex Legends – here’s everything you need to know. 

Where to watch ESPN’s Apex Legends tournament

The ESPN EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am takes place just a day after their annual ESPY awards, commemorating a number of stars from the sporting world for their achievements. 

Beginning on Thursday, July 11 at 8pm CT (6pm PT, 9pm EST, 2am BST on July 12), the competitive tournament is available to watch in a number of ways. 

It will be broadcasted to both the Electronic Arts and ESPN esports Twitch channels – one found below – as well as being livestreamed on ESPN YouTube, Twitter, ESPN Player, ESPN Play, and WatchESPN. 

Electronic Arts Twitch: 

Watch live video from EA on www.twitch.tv

Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale game has surged in popularity during the course of 2019 and now fans will be able to see a number of high-profile professional players, internet personalities, and celebrities pitted against one another in Kings Canyon.

A number of details have already been announced about the event so far, including the fact that the winning trio will be donating $25,000 to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. So, let’s take a look at when it will take place, where you can watch it, participants, and more.

Graphics: Respawn Entertainment, ESPNIn typical Apex Legends style, ESPN EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am players will be broken into trios.

Who is playing? Dr Disrespect, dizzy, NFL stars and more

As noted earlier, there will not only be professional Apex Legends players getting involved in this competition, but a number of mainstream names will be jumping into Kings Canyon as well. 

Just to name a few, Dr Disrespect, WWE’s Xavier Woods, NRG Esports’ Coby “dizzy” Meadows, All Elite Wrestling’s Kenny Omega, and many others have already been confirmed for the event. Now, let’s take a look at the full list below. 

Gaming Personalities / ESPN Hosts Athletes / Celebrities
Casper, Team Liquid Bernardrick McKinney, Houston Texans
Dizzy, NRG Esports Blake Cashman, New York Jets
Dr Disrespect Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Dropped, Rogue Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
Tennp0, FaZe Clan Connor Ball, The Vamps
Fedmyster Darius Miles, former NBA player
Gigz, 100 Thieves Devin Booker, Pheonix Suns
HusKers, Rogue Dillon Francis
Jericho Eli Apple, New Orleans Saints
Jessica Chobot Jey Uso, WWE
KingRichard, NRG Esports Jimmy Uso WWE
Malik Forte Joejun Williams, New England Patriots
Mendokusaii Kenneth Faried, Houston Rockets
Naomi Kyle Kenny Omega, All Elite Wrestling
Nick EH 30 Marchus Scribner, Actor on Backlash
Stonemountain64 Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints
Sweetdreams, Rogue Martellus Bennett, former NFL player
Sydnee Goodman, IGN Mike Davis, Chicago Bears
Teenage, 100 Thieves Mitchie Brusco, X Games gold medalist
Viss, TSM Orlando Scandtrick, NFL player
Xchocobars Questin Richardson, former NBA player
Clinton Yates, ESPN Rasheem Green, Seattle Seahawks
Israel Gutierrez, ESPN Ryan Decenzo, X Games gold medalist 
Jack Mitrani, X Games Sam Witner, Actor on The Walking Dead
Marcus Spears, ESPN Stephen Weatherly, Minnesota Vikings
Maria Taylor, ESPN Shawne Merriman, former NFL player
Sarah Spain, ESPN Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Tatiana Suarez, UFC Strawweight
Tom Schaar, X Games gold medalist
Troy Gentile, Actor on The Goldbergs
Xavier Woods, WWE
Zach Moore, Arizona Cardinals

Tournament layout and more details

The ESPN EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am will break this huge participant list up into teams of three and they will all compete against each other in three rounds of battle. 

Official teams are still yet to be confirmed by organizers but further details will presumably be made clear to fans when the tournament goes live. 

We’ll continue to update this article if there are any changes to the participant list or – for example – a set of rules and scoring systems are announced before it takes place. Until then, enjoy some games of your own in Apex Legends. 

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.