The Apex Legends esport scene is still in its infancy, but the game is starting to see some of its first major events with serious prize money on the line.
Apex Legends exploded onto the battle royale scene when it released on February 4, garnering millions of players in a matter of weeks. The title's mix of great FPS gameplay alongside the unbelievable moments and maneuvers that can be pulled off thanks to Legends and their abilities make it a wonderful spectator esport.
While early competition relied on third-party organizers for online tournaments such as Code Red or Twitch Rivals, Respawn have now stepped into the competitive landscape, with the Preseason Invitational their first major event.
In the early days of Apex Legends, Colby 'dizzy' Meadows was the man who sat head and shoulders above everyone else in the rankings, after an impressive start to his Apex career that saw him take home numerous wins.
Dizzy's impressive record included three victories in consecutive Code Red tournaments, as well as a second-place finish at the TwitchCon European Showdown.
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Dizzy's spell at the top of the rankings initally came to an end after Rogue pro player Jordan 'HusKers' Thomas finally unseated him thanks to his victory at TwitchCon Europe. Following TSM's victory at the Preseason Invitational, which itself came on the heels of a gold medal for the squad at the X Games, it is now Phillip 'ImperialHal' Dosen who reigns supreme.
Dizzy is obviously keen to earn back his title, however, and a big result at the TwitchCon San Diego Apex Legends tournament helped close the gap. With his NRG squad finishing second behind Sentinels - featuring former Overwatch pros Nathan 'xRetzi' Telen and Jared 'zombs' Gitlin - Dizzy moves back into second place, although ImperialHal still reigns supreme.
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Not unlike Overwatch before it, the early days of Apex have been a melting pot of seasoned competitors from other titles. Former Houston Outlaws player Mendo is another ex-Overwatch pro on the list, while Halo legend Snipedown makes an appearance
The full top 20 list, according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below. The list will be updated to reflect the latest highest earners after each major tournament.
Top 20 Highest Earning Apex Legends Players - Updated October 11 2019
|1st||Philip 'ImperialHal' Dosen||USA||$77,477.00|
|2nd||Coby 'dizzy' Meadows||USA||$73,002.68|
|3rd||Mac 'Albralelie' Beckwith||USA||$69,593.66|
|4th||Jodan 'fpsreps' Wolfe||USA||$64,860.33|
|5th||Jordan 'HusKers' Thomas||USA||$64,050.67|
|6th||Jared 'zombs' Gitlin||USA||$60,331.33|
|7th||Brandon 'ace' Winn||USA||$59,302.68|
|8th||Nathan 'xRetzi' Telene||USA||$57,231.33|
|9th||Adam 'senoxe' Lau||Canada||$52,231.33|
|10th||Nikita 'Clawz' Marchinsky||Belarus||$45,277.99|
|11th||Mark 'Dropped' Thees||USA||$42,434.01|
|12th||Richard 'KingRichard' Nelson||USA||$41,882.33|
|13th||Kirill '9impulse' Ivanov||Belarus||$41,542.33|
|14th||Chris 'Sweetdreams' Sexton||USA||$40,767.34|
|15th||Artem 'pkmk' Nechayev||Russia||$37,975.66|
|16th||Lucas 'Mendokusaii' Håkansson
|17th||Marshall 'Mohr' Mohr||USA||$27,419.34|
|18th||An 'Selly' Jeonghwan||South Korea||$26,000.00|
|19th||Eric 'Snipedown' Wrona
|20th||Timothy 'Overpowered' Liang||USA||$23,853.00|
This article was updated at 8:20 AM EDT on October 11, 2019.