Esports returns to X Games with Apex Legends, qualifiers announced

ESPN announced on Thursday the EXP Invitational qualifiers taking place on Saturday, June 29 that will lead into the professional Apex Legends event to at X Games Minneapolis Aug. 2-3. This marks the return of esports to X Games after a three-year absence.

While 15 of the top Apex Legends teams will be invited, ESPN will host online qualifiers for teams in North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand on June 29. Two will qualify from North America and Europe, respectively, and one team will emerge from the Australia/New Zealand region.

The 20 three-member teams will compete for their share of a $150,000 prize purse.

The competition will be broadcast live on multiple digital platforms, including the ESPN app. A tape-delayed show focused on key moments and storylines will air Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

X Games has played host to esports competitions in the past, beginning with X Games Austin in 2014 when Team OpTic won in Call of Duty and has also hosted Halo and Counter-Strike tournaments.