Apex pros criticize ALGS for hosting all 2023 LAN events in London
The Apex Legends community has criticized Apex’s decision to hold all three 2023 Apex Legends Global Series LAN events in London.
Many Apex Legends professionals, including Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen, see this decision as a missed opportunity for the game they love. Another player, Christopher “sweetdreams” Sexton, posted on Twitter, saying, “lame levels are moderate with a triple London LAN.”
Eric “Snip3down” Wrona also shared the same feeling, saying that the move was “kinda lame.” “The game has such a massive global following it sucks to see it confined to one location only,” he said
Content creators have also questioned why the ALGS has yet to host a LAN in Japan, despite the country having one of the most ardent Apex fanbases worldwide. Twitch streamer Thekine also joined the conversation via Twitter, saying, “No shot, they aren’t doing one in Japan???”
Not all people are upset about the decision, though. American player Christian “Nokokopuffs” Feliciano defended the organizer. He said he understands how inconvenient a three-time event in London can be, but he believes people should not blame Apex for it.
He argued that, while there will be LAN supporters, the vast majority of the players will spend the entire time in a hotel room. Snip3down then responded to Nokokopuffs, saying, “Noko, it’s the Apex legends global series, not the London series.”
“This was obviously done to save money and prevents global representation and fans from around the world the chance to meet their favorite gamers. It could have been three different locations in Europe at least,” he said.
The decision to hold all LAN events in London is likely to alleviate some of the challenges in ALGS LANs this year, including visa problems that deterred many players from attending LAN events.
2023 ALGS LAN
According to the ALGS website, the Split 1 Playoffs will be held from February 2 to 5, 2023, at the Copper Box Arena, a venue used for various events during the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The Copper Box is smaller than the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, which hosted the ALGS Championship in 2022, but it has previously held popular esports competitions, including DreamHack tournaments such as CS:GO and Super Smash Bros.
The event will be pro Apex’s first return to Europe since last year’s Split Two Playoffs in Stockholm, Sweden. It also will be Apex’s first LAN event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Split 1 Playoffs start with a 40-team group stage over the first two days of competition, with teams divided into four groups of ten and playing a single six-match series against every other group.
The Bracket Stage begins on Saturday, February 4. Each team will be assigned a starting spot in the double-elimination bracket based on their results in the Group Stage.
The top 20 teams will progress to the Match Point Finals after advancing through a double-elimination bracket on Saturday.
The Finals will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023, and will consist of a single Match Point format series to determine the winner of the Split 1 Playoffs.
Split 1 Playoffs teams will vie for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and important Playoff Points to help teams qualify for the year-end ALGS Championship in Summer 2023. ALGS fans can support their favorite team in person or watch them in action online via the ALGS Twitch and YouTube channels.
The organizer will release the details about the Split 2 Playoffs from June 8 to 11. They will reveal the Year 3 Championship (Summer 2023) in the new year.