New details on EXP Invitational revealed
American broadcaster ESPN has revealed the latest details of the EXP Invitational Apex Legends tournament due to take place at this year’s rendition of the X Games in Minneapolis. The tournament will feature an open qualifier and will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium during the four-day event.
The tournament itself will feature 15 invited teams, as well as 5 open qualifier slots for a 20 team event with $150,000 (~£117,932) on the line over two days on August 2-3. Sign-ups for the open qualifier are currently open in three regions as the tournament seeks to draw talent from North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The top two sides from North America and Europe will each gain a place, along with the best team to qualify from Australia/New Zealand.
Alongside a live broadcast of the tournament, the highlights of the competition will be aired on ESPN 2 on August 10 at 10pm ET (3am BST). Teams must sign up before June 28 by midday local-time to enter, with the open qualifier commencing the following day.
Esports Insider says: While the X Games personally strikes up memories of Tony Hawk as well as lots of bruised shins and knees, but the event does have a history with esports. Past events include Call of Duty and CS:GO and have historically been well received. The game selection process may raise a few eyebrows, some wondering, ‘why not Fortnite?’ so we’ll have to see if the move pays off.