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Apex Legends Global Series Returns with Increased Prize Pool, New Format

The Apex Legends Global Series returns to the action with its second season featuring a new structure and expanded prize pool. On July 23, EA and Respawn Entertainment made an announcement that revealed the future plans for ALGS Year 2.

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Welcomes the new Pro League format

ALGS Year 2 will bring a new format creating a fresh environment for both professionals and amateurs competitors. The new Pro League and Challenger Circuit will be the next stages for Apex Legends players in the new season of ALGS.

Console players join the competition

ALGS Year 1 was a competition between PC players, and console players weren’t allowed in the tournaments. This is going to change with the new season. EA and Respawn revealed that console players will be able to enter ALGS Year 2 and compete with PC players. To maintain competitive integrity, all controller players will use the PC-value aim assist settings regardless of their platform.

Bigger prize pool and LAN events are on the way

Year 2 of ALGS is going to offer a $5 million prize pool across all events. If conditions allow the return of in-person events, the competition will feature three different LAN tournaments in which the champion will be crowned at the end.

ALGS Year 2 Schedule and Format

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  • Preseason Qualifiers: September – October, 2021
  • Pro League Regular Season – Split 1: October – December, 2021
  • Challenger Circuit – Split 1: October – December, 2021
  • Split 2 Pro League Qualifiers: January 2022
  • Split 1 Playoffs: January 2022
  • Pro League Regular Season – Split 2: February – March, 2022
  • Challenger Circuit – Split 2: February – March, 2022
  • Split 2 Playoffs: May 2022
  • Championship Last Chance Qualifiers: May 2022
  • Year 2 – ALGS Championship: July 2022
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Competition Details:

Preseason Qualifiers

Year 2 of the ALGS will kick off with four weeks of online Preseason Qualifiers to determine which 20 teams from each region will begin Split 1 competing in the Pro League, joining 20 other teams (per region) that will be directly invited and will not be required to compete in these qualifiers.

  • Registration for the Preseason Qualifiers will open on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 (more details coming soon!)
  • The four online Preseason Qualifier tournaments will take place on September 11-13, September 25-27, October 2-4 and October 9-11, 2021
  • The winning team from each region in each Preseason Qualifier will automatically qualify for Split 1 of the Pro League
  • Following all four Preseason Qualifier tournaments, the top 16 teams in each region by cumulative points earned throughout the qualifiers will also qualify for Split 1 of the Pro League
  • All other participating teams will begin Split 1 in the Challenger Circuit

Pro League – Split 1

  • All five regions of the Pro League will be comprised of 40 teams:
  • 20 directly invited teams (will be announced these teams soon)
  • 20 teams from the Preseason Qualifiers
  • The 40 teams in each region will be seeded into four groups of 10 teams, each using Year 1 ALGS and Preseason Qualifier performance
  • The Pro League regular season will consist of five weeks of online competition in which teams will compete in a double-round-robin format (each group plays each other group twice)
  • In total, each team will play 36 games in the regular season across six series of six games each 
  • On the line for teams during the regular season is playoff qualification and a $500,000 prize pool
  • At the end of the Split 1 regular season, the bottom eight teams in each region will be relegated to the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier, where they will battle against Split 1’s top-performing Challenger Circuit teams for a spot in the Split 2 Pro League

Challenger Circuit – Split 1

The ALGS Challenger Circuit will run parallel to the Pro League regular season, providing teams with the opportunity to compete to qualify for the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier. 

Each Challenger Circuit split will feature four open registration weekend tournaments in the following regions:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC South
  • APAC North
  • South America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Following the four Challenger Circuit tournaments in Split 1, top teams by ALGS points earned throughout the Split in each region will qualify for the Split 2 Pro League Qualifier

Playoffs – Split 1:

At the end of the Pro League’s Split 1, the regular season comes to the Playoffs where, should condition allow, 40 teams, will compete in-person for $1 million and global bragging rights.

Split 2 Pro League Qualifier:

The ALGS Split 2 Pro League Qualifier will take place in January 2022 prior to the Split 1 Playoffs. This online tournament pits the bottom eight teams from each region’s Pro League Split 1 regular season against top teams in each region’s Split 1 Challenger Circuit to determine who will advance to the Pro League in Split 2.

Split 2 Pro League & Challenger Circuit:

Split 2 will include another run of Pro League regular season, playoffs, and Challenger Circuit competition with another $1.5 million up for grabs. More details to come soon.

ALGS Championship & Last Chance Qualifiers:

The ALGS Championship will take place in July 2022 and, should condition allow, feature the 40 best Apex Legends teams in the world competing in-person for $2 million and the title of Year 2 ALGS Champions. More information on the ALGS Championship and the Last Chance Qualifiers will be released ahead of Split 2.

Additional ALGS Eligible Countries/Territories

  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cyprus
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Honduras
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Serbia
  • Trinidad & Tobago
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