DailyBits Esports Roundup – August 1st

EA Announces $500,000 Apex Legends Preseason Invitational

EA has announced their first official Apex Legends tournament. The $500,000 event will take place in Krakow, Poland, running from September 13th-15th. The Preseason Invitational will feature 80 teams, totalling 240 players overall, and will run in a bracketed format. This announcement has surfaced alongside confirmation that other Apex Legends competitions: X Games Minneapolis and EXP Pro-Am Apex Legends Exhibition (LA) will be considered a part of the Apex Legends Preseason. Chad Grenier, Design Director at Respawn Entertainment, commented on the upcoming event in a recent press release“Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level…This Apex Legends Preseason Invitational advances our vision towards a robust competitive experience with the community at the center. We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life.”

Fortnite World Cup Smashes Concurrent Viewer Records

You will have likely heard about the success of the Fortnite World Cup and its $30 million Solo and Duos Finals. With over 19,000 attendees at the venue, the event also managed to smash the concurrent viewers records across YouTube and Twitch combined, which peaked at 2.3 million, according to the Epic Games Fortnite Team. As a result, the Fortnite World Cup was the most-watched competitive gaming event ever (excluding China), making this one for the history books. The solo winner was 16 year old, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf, who won a whopping $3 million at the finals in New York. Prizes were also awarded to a duo team, a selection of ‘Creative Winners’ and a couple of players in the Charity Pro-Am.

EVO – The World’s Biggest Fighting Game Tournament – Begins This Weekend

EVO 2019, the world’s biggest tournament for fighting games, takes place this weekend on August 2nd – 4th. Watch the best players duke it out on the world stage across nine fighting games: Soul Calibur VI, Under Night In-Birth, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. There’s a lot of money on the line for most of the games, with the prize pools reaching over $10,000 for some of the minor titles, going all the way up to $50,000 for Street Fighter V and Smash Bros.

Taking place alongside EVO is AnimeEVO, a separate event within the same location that allows smaller games to have their chance on the big stage. AnimeEVO features a wide variety of games, all of which are not always unique to fighting games like Puyo Puyo Tetris and even Catherine’s versus mode. These games are not streamed on the usual EVO Twitch accounts, but you can find them very easily over at Smash.GG.