It's a good time to be a fan of competitive games. This week will be absolutely full of things to see, with a range of competitions spread across some of the most popular games in the world. In fact, it's probably one of the busiest electronic sports weeks of the year, even though we're still in February. The main events include the debut of the Overwatch Second season of the league, a secret Fortnite tournament that could provide a look at the next World Cup game, and the first Apex Legends competition.
It's a lot to keep track of. This is what comes and how to follow everything.
Contraction rivals Apex Legends Challenge
February 12 and 19
Apex Legends It was released last week, but the game has already proven to be a huge success, creating its own space in the busy real battle genre. And although we still do not have anything like a professional competitive circuit for the game, you can have an idea of what it will be like at the last Twitch Rivals event. The tournament – a collaboration between Twitch and Appendix developer Respawn – will feature 48 streamers divided into 16 squads of three people and an accumulated prize of $ 200,000. Renowned battle players such as DrDisrespect and Myth will be among the participants.
The event will run over two days: it will be released on February 12 and then continue on 19. According to Twitch, the streamers will represent North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. And a lot like in Fortnite In tournaments, participants will earn points for winning matches and getting killed. (You can check the rules in more detail here). Since this is the first Apex Legends The competition could be a little messy, but it should provide an early view of the game's potential for a high level game.
Fortnite Secret skirmish
Competitive Fortnite It has been a kind of work in progress since last summer, with the developer Epic testing different ideas and formats. It's almost like an e-sports beta. The ultimate goal, it seems, is the next Fortnite World Cup, of which we currently know nothing. But there's a good chance we'll have a clearer picture after this week.
As of February 14, Epic is starting a two-day competition called Secret Skirmish. As the name implies, there is much we do not know about it. There will be 100 competitors and a total of $ 500,000 in prizes, but the format remains a mystery. Thursday will start with a duo competition at 1PM PT before a competition not yet announced at 6:30 PM. Friday will follow the same schedule, only with only in place of duos for the main battle.
However, what makes the Secret Skirmish particularly interesting is that Epic says it will take place "in an undisclosed testing facility." Apart from an E3 tournament at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, all the major Fortnite The events have taken place online. It seems likely that we will see a studio or an appropriate and dedicated stadium in Secret Skirmish that could host the World Cup.
Overwatch League season 2, week 1
February 14 to 17
Blizzard's ambitious online sports league is returning, and there are many changes to the store for season 2. Overwatch The league has expanded from 12 to 20 teams, has a more condensed schedule to relieve pressure on players, and will begin to experiment with local and away matches throughout the season. For total access subscribers, there is also a robust tool to see matches from different angles and perspectives.
As in season 1, all OWL games are available to watch for free on Twitch, but the league has also expanded its viewing options a bit. You can see all the games within the ESPN application, for example, and three games per week will be broadcast on Disney XD. Blizzard also says that "select" games will be aired on ABC and ESPN2, including the stage finals and the star game.
Starting will be a rematch of last season's championship game, with the London Spitfire taking on the Philadelphia Fusion at 7 PM ET on February 14, followed by the typical New York Excelsior against Boston Uprising. Meanwhile, the next day will be a great opportunity to see some of the new teams, with Toronto, Atlanta, Chengdu and Guangzhou in action for the first time.
Throughout the season, four OWL matches will be held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. You can check the complete calendar on the official website of the league.