The success and demise of Apex Legends Organizations
Apex Legends has been one of the most successful games of 2019, but its competitive side hasn’t yet mirrored the success of competing Battle Royale titles such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. However, that’s not to say there haven’t been attempts by professional esports organizations who have quickly jumped on Apex Legends’ initial growth, recruiting players and streamers in order to facilitate an Apex Legends competitive scene. This list will cover the most successful organizations currently involved in the title.
North American esports organization Rogue has been involved in the Apex Legends competitive scene since February, and have quickly become the most successful organization in the esport. Their current roster, consisting of Jordan “HusKers” Thomas, Chris “sweetdreams” Sexton and, Mark “Dropped” Thees has been vital in their ascent. This trio won the TwitchCon Europe Showdown 2019, which is by far the largest tournament Apex Legends has to offer in terms of the prize pools.
Estimated current total earnings: $82,300 USD.
The runners-up of the aforementioned TwitchCon Europe Showdown 2019 sees NRG coming second. Their team currently houses arguably the most popular and one of the best Apex Legend players in Coby “dizzy” Meadows. NRG built a success story around this young talent, with ex-Fortnite professional Richard “KingRichard” Nelson and, ex-professional CS:GO player Brandon “Ace” Winn. It comes to no surprise that three ex-professionals from their respective games can transfer their talents into Apex Legends. Marshall “Mohr” Mohr was also picked up by the organization after Ghost Gaming released their roster.
Estimated current total earnings: $52,800 USD.
This North American organization have also been performing well in the esport. Ex-TSM player Morgan “Payne” Redfield Jr is paired with Jared “zombs” Gitlin and Nathan “xretzi” Telen, all of which have won a significant total amount of prize earnings from the three tournaments they have played. Their most recent event was TwitchCon Europe Showdown 2019. In which, Sentinels placed top thirteen, winning $10,500 USD.
Estimated current total earnings: $15,000 USD.
South Korean organization T1 (previously SKTelecom T1) has a full North-American roster in Kurtis “Kurt” Gallo, Brendan “BcJ” Jensen and, Haydin “ZerG” Thomas Gordon. This move was announced in March, and this team has grown to be another successful team in Apex Legends. This trio has won multiple events, including the T1 x FACEIT Apex Legends Invitational and UMG Legends Series #3 and #5.
Estimated current total earnings: $14,350 USD.
To continue the list of successful organizations is Team SoloMid, after the announcement of Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen, Jose “ProdigyAces” Soto and, Taylor “THump” Humphries, the trio quickly became to show their potential, performing well in multiple events. Out of the five tournaments they have competed in, they have placed either first or second four out of the five times.
Estimated current total earnings: $10,700 USD.
Ukranian organization Na’Vi have recently joined the Apex Legends competitive scene, picking up Artem “pkmk” Nechaev, Alexei “cYpheR” Yanushevsky and, Nikita “clawz” Marchinsky. Although, the team has not currently played an official tournament together, their current combined prize earnings equal $13,369 USD.
The North American organization joined the Apex Legends competitive scene in March, signing Tanner “Rogue” Trebb, Gage “Caliburn” Meyer, Thomas “Flanker” Cook and, Gage “Caliburn” Meyer.
Estimated current total earnings: $2,800 USD.
The Opposite side of the coin
Considering the lack of big prize pools for Apex Legends in its current form, some organizations haven’t earned any prize money from events.
- 100 Thieves
- Gen.G esports
- Spacestation Gaming
Although, these organizations have had a positive effect on the Apex Legends community, creating streamer personalities and exposure to many new players.
Announced on May 10 by ex-Ghost Gaming professional Peyton “peesh” Schutz, he tweeted that him and his teammates Christopher “Jay3” Pavloff, Chris “Chris” Brown and, Marshall “Mohr” Mohr have been released effective immediately from the organization.
CLARIFICATION: we were kicked from Ghost for their disbelief in the games success as an esport. this wasn't a choice.
— peesh (@peesh) May 10, 2019
The reason being that Ghost Gaming “disbelief in the games success as an esport.” Showing that Apex Legends is in a strange state, there are multiple esports organizations involved, but the justification hasn’t paid off.
However, looking to the future, if Apex Legends was to be updated with Custom lobbies, more events and, higher prize pools, the esports organizations could push the esport to a high level.