Mogul’s first Australian tournament is offering $35,000 in Apex Legends

Mogul has announced its first ever Australian tournament. The Australian Apex Open is offering $35,000 in Apex Legends. Taking place on Mogul’s platform and exclusively on PC, qualifying tournaments will begin on April 15.

The qualifiers are open now at Mogul’s site. As part of the Australian Apex Open, teams must “compete in a minimum of four Apex Legends matches, earning points for their placements.”

The top 20 teams will be decided by points, and play for a share in AU$35,000, with AU$15,000 going to the champions.

Registrations are open now at the tournament’s page on Mogul’s platform.

Apex Legends Tournament

The Australian Apex Open follows recent announcements by Mogul that it has partnered with Legacy Esports, Melbourne Melee and Avant. Additionally, Mogul and Razer recently held the inaugural Silver Slam tournament in South East Asia. 

In February and March 2019, Mogul hosted 1,500 Silver Slam tournaments with up to 20 concurrent tournaments. Mogul calls this;

a technical and logistical feat which was received positively by the player base. Silver Slam demonstrated the tournament platform’s unique position in the market; able to host vast tournament series with differing game titles and structures simultaneously without interruption.

Ahead of the announcement of the Apex Legends Tournament, we spoke with Jamie Skella, Mogul Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer. Skella is a former Counter-Strike player and previously played at a professional level.

Mogul brings a fresh approach to esports for Australian-based players. Open to everyone, the Australian Apex Open is the first big money tournament for all Australians to compete in, not just a select group of invitees, and it’s free to enter.

Skella explained that what Mogul is most excited about is the potential for partnerships. Mogul is envisioning that organisations and groups will be able to use Mogul and its tech to create tournaments and benefit from the platform. Skella also said that these organisations will benefit from the connections forged by Mogul and the ability to quickly reach huge numbers of players and offer cash prizes.

We asked Skella what challenges he sees for Mogul in Australia and he told us that it basically comes down to our location and status as a second-tier player in the world of esports. Something he hopes Mogul can change. He believes that Mogul can help facilitate this change given that it’s “the world’s best online esports tournament platform offering not only full tournament automation but also state of the art esports empowering social features.

“Given strong game-publisher relationships, Mogul is already deeply integrated with the leading global esports titles, and is the only platform that allows completely automated tournament play and results across multiple games.”

As Apex Legends is a new and popular title it makes sense for it to be Mogul’s first tournament game in Australia. I asked Skella about it being PC only and he told me that for the time being, running Apex Legends tournaments on console isn’t possible.

This is due to the inability to track scores, wins and the like. However, he is hopeful that with spectator options Apex Legends can become a fully fledged esports title. As for the way the tournament will be scored, Skella told me that there would be points awarded as follows;

  • EACH KILL
    •  1 POINT
  • 2-3RD PLACE IN GAME
    •  5 POINTS
  • 7-10TH PLACE IN GAME
    •  1 POINT
  • 1ST PLACE IN GAME
    •  9 POINTS
  • 4-6TH PLACE IN GAME
    •  3 POINTS

Skella also said “The era of big cash prize tournaments being restricted to LAN is now behind us. The proliferation of broadband internet and the arrival of new state-of-the-art tournament systems such as Mogul’s mean we can take the ‘big stage’ online and deliver enormous opportunities to competitive gamers frequently, instead of only intermittent LAN events.

“We’re thrilled to bring the region its first major open event for Apex, a game that has taken the world by storm, reaching 50 million players in just a month.”

Mogul began in South East Asia and has grown into a powerhouse in the region. Mogul’s move into Australia is the platforms first expansion into western markets and Skella told us that it’s a test for the wider markets like North America and Europe. 

He made an interesting point comparing the buying power of players and users in the different regions. Australian players, on average, earn more than players in the Philippines, which means that the prize pools offered in Australia are significantly larger. By starting small in Australia, Mogul can investigate if its platform will work with a western audience and hopefully be able to branch out into North America and Europe.

Finally, Skella reiterated that the most exciting part of Mogul with the biggest potential is for groups to use the platform to engage with their communities, grow and create their very own tournaments, with cash prizes. 

The Australian Apex Open commences on April 15 and registrations are open now.

In the Australian Apex Open the prizes are split as follows;

PRIZES

 
  • 1st Place
    • $15,000 AUD
  • 2nd Place
    • $9,000 AUD
  • 3rd Place
    • $5,000 AUD
  • 4th Place
    • $3,000 AUD
  • 5th Place
    • $750 AUD
  • 6th Place
    • $750 AUD
  • 7th Place
    • $750 AUD
  • 8th Place
    • $750 AUD
  • 9th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 6,700 Apex Coins
  • 10th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 6,700 Apex Coins
  • 11th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 6,700 Apex Coins
  • 12th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 6,700 Apex Coins
  • 13th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 4,350 Apex Coins
  • 14th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 4,350 Apex Coins
  • 15th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 4,350 Apex Coins
  • 16th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 4,350 Apex Coins
  • 17th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 2,150 Apex Coins
  • 18th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 2,150 Apex Coins
  • 19th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 2,150 Apex Coins
  • 20th Place
    • 6 Months Mogul VIP + 2,150 Apex Coins

 

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