EA issued a response and agreed to cover travel expenses for Apex Legends Pros after the community came together in the face of a worrying ALGS Split 2 Playoff announcement.
With the Apex Legends Global Series Split 2 Playoffs In Sweden, 40 of the world’s best teams will fly to one of the first major LAN events in recent years.
Players from North and South America, EMEA, and APAC North and South have all competed in lengthy qualifier tournaments in hopes of reaching this million-dollar event. However, not all successful teams received the same level of support in qualifying.
Initially, according to the Liquipedia editor, EA was supposed to cover the costs of flights and accommodation for only 19 teams Apex Flatline.’
Outrage quickly followed as the remaining teams were forced to find their own funding and pay their own way to Stockholm.
Apex Pros and Streamers support the best ALGS teams
“EA will pay expenses only for the top five teams in APAC North, EMEA and NA and the top 2 teams in APAC South and SA,” ApexFlatline revealed in a March 30 Reddit post.
Given the costs involved in flying out of different regions, they claimed that many mainstream esports organizations are “unwilling” to foot the bill for their players.
Soon, many top Apex Legends pros and streamers came forward and showed their support. While some asked EA to solve the problem, others provided their own money to help those in need.
Everyone deserves to compete. It’s more than just a video game. pic.twitter.com/Nv0sJaIlGM
— NiceWigg (@NiceWigg) March 30, 2022
“Everyone deserves to compete. It’s more than just a video game,” 100 Thieves star NiceWigg shared on Twitter after donating $3,000 to SCRY, a carefree team that finished in the top 10 in North America in Split 2.
NRG also came forward, claiming it would cover hotel and travel expenses to ensure the best teams make it to LAN.
I have no words for it… You make a dream come true. thank you ❤️❤️❤️
— Pistillo (@PistilloMx) March 30, 2022
It’s very disappointing to see that a billion dollar company isn’t as committed to gamers as it should be,” Twitch streamer NICKMERCS interfered. “Let’s get some travel grants for professionals!”
EA agrees to pay for ALGS’ travel expenses
Hours after these posts and many others caught fire, EA addressed the concerns and issued a full response on Twitter.
“We’ve heard your feedback on travel,” said the official Apex Esports account.
“Because of this, we made the decision to cover the travel expenses for all starting players attending live events for the remainder of the second year.”
We heard your feedback about travel. Because of this, we have made the decision to cover the travel expenses for all starting players attending live events for the remainder of Year 2.
See you in Stockholm!
— Apex Legends Esports (@PlayApexEsports) March 31, 2022
This change not only ensures that all 40 teams are catered for the upcoming ALGS Split 2 Playoffs in Sweden, but also removes any worries that funding for future events will be called into question again.
All remaining Apex tournaments for the remainder of 2022 will now cover the cost of players entering, regardless of what region they are from.
https://www.dexerto.com/apex-legends/ea-responds-apex-legends-pros-streamers-cover-algs-split-2-travel-costs-1795003/ EA reacts after Apex Legends pros and streamers were forced to cover travel expenses for ALGS Split 2