It’s a great time to be a fan of aggressive gaming. This week goes to be completely full of issues to observe, with a spread of competitions unfold out throughout a few of the hottest video games on the planet. Actually, it’s possible one of many busiest e-sports weeks of the yr, although we’re nonetheless solely in February. The foremost occasions embrace the debut of the Overwatch League’s second season, a secretive Fortnite event that would present a glimpse on the sport’s upcoming World Cup, and the very first Apex Legends competitors.
It’s rather a lot to maintain observe of. Right here’s what’s developing and observe all of it.
Twitch Rivals Apex Legends Problem
February 12th and 19th
Apex Legends just launched last week, however the sport has already proved to be a huge hit, carving out its personal house within the busy battle royale style. And whereas we don’t have something resembling knowledgeable aggressive circuit for the sport simply but, you will get an thought of what it’ll be like within the newest Twitch Rivals occasion. The event — a collaboration between Twitch and Apex developer Respawn — will characteristic 48 streamers divided into 16 three-person squads and a prize pool of $200,000. Massive-name battle royale gamers like DrDisrespect and Delusion will likely be among the many members.
The occasion will likely be unfold throughout two days: it debuts on February 12th after which continues on the 19th. In accordance with Twitch, streamers will likely be representing North America, Europe, the Center East, and Africa. And very similar to in Fortnite tournaments, entrants will earn factors for successful matches and getting kills. (You’ll be able to take a look at the foundations in additional element here.) Provided that that is the primary correct Apex Legends competitors, it may be a little bit messy, but it surely ought to present an early glimpse on the sport’s potential for high-level play.
Fortnite Secret Skirmish
Aggressive Fortnite has been one thing of a piece in progress since final summer season, with developer Epic making an attempt totally different concepts and codecs. It’s almost like an e-sports beta. The last word aim, it appears, is the upcoming Fortnite World Cup, of which we presently know nothing. However there’s a great likelihood we’ll have a clearer image after this week.
Beginning on February 14th, Epic is kicking off a two-day competitors referred to as Secret Skirmish. Because the title implies, there’s a lot we don’t learn about it. There will likely be 100 opponents and a complete of $500,000 in prizes, however the format continues to be a thriller. Thursday will start with a duos competitors at 1PM PT earlier than a still-unannounced competitors at 6:30PM. Friday will observe the identical schedule, solely with solo instead of duos for the lead battle.
What makes the Secret Skirmish notably fascinating, nevertheless, is that Epic says it can happen “at an undisclosed testing facility.” Apart from an E3 tournament at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, the entire main Fortnite occasions have taken place on-line. It appears possible that we’ll see a correct, devoted studio or area at Secret Skirmish that would probably be dwelling to the World Cup.
Overwatch League season 2, week 1
Blizzard’s ambitious e-sports league is returning, and there are quite a lot of adjustments in retailer for season 2. The Overwatch League has expanded from 12 to 20 groups, it options a more condensed schedule to ease the strain on players, and it’ll start experimenting with home and away matches throughout the season. For all-access subscribers, there’s additionally a robust tool for viewing matches from different angles and perspectives.
Similar to in season 1, all OWL matches can be found to observe at no cost on Twitch, however the league has additionally expanded its viewing choices fairly a bit. You’ll be able to watch each sport inside the ESPN app, as an example, and three matches per week will air on Disney XD. Blizzard additionally says that “choose” video games will air on ABC and ESPN2, together with the stage finals and all-star sport.
Kicking issues off will likely be a rematch of final season’s championship sport, with the London Spitfire taking up the Philadelphia Fusion at 7PM ET on February 14th, which will likely be adopted by the sometimes dominating New York Excelsior in opposition to the Boston Rebellion. The following day, in the meantime, will likely be a fantastic likelihood to see a few of the brand-new groups, with Toronto, Atlanta, Chengdu, and Guangzhou all in motion for the primary time.
Over the course of the season, 4 OWL matches will happen each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. You’ll be able to take a look at the entire schedule on the league’s official site.