Game Bits: Electronic Arts Contributed To Prize Pool For Apex Legends Global Series Championship, Esports Player Tenz Has Signed With Sentinels Esports Team

EA Contributed To Prize Pool

According to Electronic Arts, the total prize pool for the Apex Legends Global Series Championship is $2.58M USD. EA contributed an initial $1M to the prize pool, with the rest coming from sales of limited edition in-game skins. EA did not disclose precisely how many bundles it sold to reach this number.

In May, EA announced that select in-game bundles (Mechameleon, Boared to Death, Wild Speed, and Silverback, and a bundle containing all items called Animal Kingdom) would contribute to the ALGS prize pool.

EA contributed $5 for every bundle purchased and $20 for every Animal Kingdom bundle sold. According to EA, bundle contributions will be capped at $2M, making the maximum prize pool around $3M.

Todd Sitrin, Electronic Arts SVP and General Manager of Competitive Gaming, discussed EA’s high hopes for Apex Legends esports in a May interview.

Tenz Has Joined Sentinels Game Team

The player transfer agreement of Tyson “TenZ” Ngo from Cloud9 to Sentinels was signed in April and included an option for Sentinels to purchase Ngo’s contract. Sentinels have now completed the purchase of Ngo’s contract. TEO has learned that the transaction was worth seven figures.

Ngo, who joined Cloud9 Blue’s Valorant roster in April 2020, has been playing for Sentinels since March as a “loaned player” from Cloud9. The loan was approved following the investigation and suspension of former Overwatch League MVP turned Sentinel Valorant pro, Jay “Sinatra” Won, who had been accused of misconduct by his former girlfriend.

After failing to cooperate with the investigation, Woon was suspended by Riot Games for six months.

It is interesting to note that Ngo was loaned to Sentinels at a time when both teams were trying to qualify for the Valorous Champions Tour. Cloud9 and Sentinels played in the winner’s semifinals, with Sentinels and Ngo on loan beating Cloud9 2-1. Sentinels dropped a map in that match.

Go and his Sentinels team won the Valorant Champions Tour 2021: Stage 2 Masters in Reykjavik, Iceland on Sunday, going 4-0 in the tournament without dropping a single map. Ngo received the Day 7 MVP award for his performance in the finals.

There has been speculation that the deal has been in the works for months and was already completed before Ngo’s participation in Reykjavík. This has turned out to be true.

However, a portion of the esports community had been critical of Cloud9 because they wanted to see Ngo let out from his current contract to sign with Sentinels. Especially after winning VCT. However, the deal had already been signed.

Former Cloud9 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Sean “sgares” Gares weighed in saying,, “He’s [Ngo] in F***ing contract jail, it’s not funny.”Game Gares was in a similar situation as Ngo and was let out of his contract with Cloud9 before the expiration after stating he wanted to take time off and think about possibly coaching. Cloud9 granted that release. Gares then signed with Echo Fox just over a month later and continued to compete.

While the general criticism Cloud9 is currently facing concerning this transfer, the organization has often acquiesced to the desires of players who want to retire, be traded, or simply be released–sometimes to the organization’s detriment.

Some examples of this include Jacky ‘Jake’ “Stewie2K” Yip being granted a trade to Made in Brazil; Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, former Cloud9’ LCS mid-laner, granted his release to go to Team Liquid; and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen being let out of his contract to go to Evil Geniuses after telling Cloud9 that he was unhappy with his playing time situation. Also, Ryan “⁠freakazoid⁠” Abadir was released, per his request, asking the organization to allow him to step down.

The list continues with players being transferred to teams of their choosing such as Timothy “automatic” Ta and Damian “daps” Steele going to Gen.G, and Rocket League player Mariano “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda who was released to his team of choice, NRG.

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