This week, while our Summer Suns battle for Vegas supremacy, Devin Booker will be competing with the world’s best in an altogether different medium.
Yes, it’s what you’ve been waiting for. The first-ever Apex Legends EXP Pro-Am.
Competitors scheduled for the first-ever EXP Pro-Am @PlayApex presented by @KnowTheRealCost— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 9, 2019
Thursday | 9 p.m. ET | ESPN App
Full list: https://t.co/UO3eokkBLE pic.twitter.com/AAOn9Zz48G
Booker and an impressive selection of professional athletes from across the sports and entertainment universe will join pro-gamers to compete in Apex Legends. There will be three rounds of play and the purse is a total prize of $25,000 donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research on behalf of the winning squad. Darius Miles and Kenneth Faried are among those participating.
I will not be watching. I do not know of Apex Legends, but I understand that it is a free game, and I find those entirely too expensive to play. Furthermore it is not the pinnacle of gaming, which is of course the shooter genre. Not a first or third person shooter, but a shoot-em-up. Games like Ikaruga or Radiant Silvergun or Gradius, if that helps you.
But if you are unlike me, and your gaming tastes have evolved in the last couple of decades, here’s where you can watch:
The first-ever EXP Pro-Am Apex Legends Presented by The Real Cost, held July 11 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET, will be streamed live on the ESPN app, ESPN Esports’ and Apex Legends Twitch channels, ESPN Esports’ YouTube and Twitter, Caffeine, ESPN Play (Latin America), ESPN Player (EMEA), and WatchESPN (Pac Rim). Popular esports personalities Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Wade “Dreadnaught” Penfold will host the live stream along with ESPN’s Victoria Arlen. A two-hour recap show highlighting key moments from the Pro-Am will also debut on July 19 on ESPN from 8 to 10 p.m. ET.
And here’s what Apex Legends is all about:
Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends delivers a squad-based battle royale experience where players select from one of nine Legends – each with their own unique abilities and playstyles – and the last team standing wins. Combatants can choose from unique characters like Bloodhound, the tracker who can see recent enemy activity on the map, or Lifeline, a battlefield medic who can shield teammates and bring them back from the brink of death. Balanced squads and teamwork are critical, as each Legend is easy to pick up and learn, but challenging to master.
Looks interesting enough. I’m going to go play some R-Type. Enjoy, kids.