Apex Legends esports is heating up across the globe, and Australian stars are some of the biggest benefactors. Six Oceanic squads will line up in the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) Championship 2021 APAC South Finals to fight for a share of over $600,000 AUD.
After a 18 month-long competition, the best Apex Legends team in Asia will be decided this weekend.
June 5 marks the final day of ALGS Championship 2021, with teams across the globe fighting it out for the biggest prize pool in the game’s history. In Oceania, that share marks the largest in not just Apex history, but the region as a whole.
$466,438 USD (around $608,000 AUD) will be on offer in the APAC South Finals, with teams from Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, and Malaysia all aiming to take home the $177,319 USD (around $230,000 AUD) grand prize.
The prize pool trumps that of the PUBG Australia Invitational ZIMO in 2018, which had $131,000 AUD on the line, and even international events like IEM Sydney 2019’s $250,000 USD prize pool.
“We’re now two years into the lifespan of Apex, and since the start of season 7, everything seems to be trending upwards. The playerbase, competitive entrants as well as esports viewership,” APAC South caster and Longshot co-founder Kale “Genome” Morton told Snowball.
The majority of the ALGS prize pool was crowdfunded by the community, starting at $1 million USD and peaking at over $2.5 million USD.
It’s similar to initiatives put in place by Ubisoft for the Six Invitational and Riot Games for the League of Legends World Championship and Mid-Season Invitational.
The amount of money on offer, not just in Australia but across the world, has instilled new hope in the Apex Legends community for the future of its esport.
“I’m excited by how well [Respawn, the developer] seem to get the esports community, and are continually improving across the board, whether it’s game balance, spectator tools, supporting third party and grassroots tournaments or the recent introduction of crowdfunding for some events, which has grown the prize pool from immense to insane,” Genome added.
Australia will be represented by Reignite South, REJECT, EXO Clan, Dire Wolves, NLN, and Bearclaw Gaming.
The ALGS Championship 2021 APAC South Finals kick off at 5pm AEST on June 5. You can catch the action on the Longshot Twitch channel.