EA today announced details for Year 3 of the ALGS, which is expected to return in early October. The best professional circuit of Apex Legends esports will feature a $5 million prize pool, three international LAN events, and some format changes starting in the second year of competition.
In-person tournaments will be played for the Split One Playoffs in the winter of 2023, the Split Two Playoffs in the spring, and the ALGS Championship next summer. Location information for these LAN tournaments is not yet available.
While the general layout of the ALGS remains the same, with two Pro League divisions capped by playoffs, some changes are coming to the format of the circuit. The size of each region’s Pro League has been reduced to 30 teams “to ensure the highest level of competition in that division”. The second year had 40 teams competing in each region. Those 30 teams will consist of 22 teams that receive direct invites and eight that make the cut of a preliminary pre-season qualifier.
There will now be Regional Finals on the last day of each Pro League split in the regular season, as part of “ecosystem enhancements designed to drive deeper engagement among players and fans”. These games will be played in the familiar match point format at Summit esports fans from major tournaments like the ALGS Championship and features the top 20 Pro League teams from each region. Adding to the already high stakes match point format, the winning team on this final day of competition will be guaranteed a place in the LAN playoffs.
The second tier Challenger circuit has also been updated. The winners of each Challenger Circuit event will earn automatic qualification for the Split Two Pro League Qualifiers or the Last Chance Qualifier, depending on the timing.
In North America, back-to-back LAN champions DarkZero have officially left APAC South, the team’s home region, and will now compete in the NA Pro League. They’ll join other guest organizations like NICKMERCS-led Tripods, meta-defining FURIA, and others. Summit stalwarts like NRG, TSM and Optic. The complete list of teams invited by region is available on the ALGS website.
Year 3 announcement comes after a long offseason for the competition Summit. As the Year Two Championship in Raleigh reached a total watch time of nearly 11 million hours across all platforms and filled the stands at the PNC Arena, showing the continued growth of Summit esports, the third-party tournament ecosystem has been sparse at times during the offseason, especially for regions outside of North America. Year three of the ALGS also marks the first time the total prize pool for the game’s top competitive circuit will not see an increase: year two also featured a $5 million pot.
From today, registrations for the third year are open. The Pro League is set to start on November 6.