It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. After the booming success it’s had on day one, Respawn’s Apex Legends battle royale is getting it’s first tournament. On Feb. 12-19, Twitch will host a $200,000 Twitch Rivals tournament, featuring 48 of the biggest streamers.
The players will be divided into 16 teams of three and then will compete to earn the most points by the end of the week. A kill awards 1 point and a match win nets 5.
But there’s a twist, as there always is with Twitch rivals. The teams will not be competing against each other. Each will be given a 4-hour time window to try and accrue the most points on their respective servers. Rankings for NA and EU will be separate and each region will have two competitions with $50,000 prize pool each — $42,500 total split for ranks 1-8th and additional $7,500 for the team which got the most kills.
This will be the first competitive event for Apex Legends, though it’s not a traditional esports tournament by any means. Either way, it will be a test to see who much interest the game garners a week after its launch. The first day of Apex Legends boasted great numbers, but it remains to be seen whether Reaspawn’s product will continue to sit on top. For this event at least, Twitch and Apex are bringing in some top streamers, including Michael “shroud” Grzesiek and Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm, which is certain to attract at least a few hundred thousand viewers.