According to reports, orgs and Apex publisher Apex cannot agree on the upcoming content.
The next year of the Apex LegendsGlobal Series is just a few weeks away and after the highly successful conclusion of the second year of this tournament, reports of tension between EA and several of the largest esports teams that are in Apex is being circulated.
Full Squad Gaming’s Jake Lucky reported once again today that organizations and EA have a hard time agreeing on an agreement to introduce the org-themed skins to Apex, after initially reporting that EA tried to introduce org skins into Apex without offering any revenue sharing. These reports were fuelled over them by several Team Liquid members on the competitive Apex team today, who revealed that the company was permitting them to accept requests from other companies which suggested that Liquid might be looking to quit Apex.
Sources: Teams are still having difficulty with EA in negotiations when it comes to Apex Legends Org skins set to come out soon
Several teams fought back on EA's original proposal, an inability to come to agreement could have impact on several Apex teams
— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) September 15, 2022
While it’s not certain that both issues are connected, however, the reactions from Liquid members make sense regarding the sudden manner in which it appeared Liquid tried to get away of Apex even though it already was one of North America’s top teams. After Lucky’s report, Liquid’s IGL Nocturnal made a statement on his blog about the team’s relationship with Liquid but did not refer to EA and stated that his group “did not get the treatment that they needed.” The source of the treatment, whether it was Liquid or EA, or another organization was not made clear. Nocturnal did confirm later that Liquid did a great job of treating him during his time at the team.
If Liquid has indeed decided to leave Apexdue due to conflicting demands, they aren’t able to reconcile with EA and the way they manage its esports community this could be negative consequences for players and fans of other groups involved in the game. A lot of large orgs have professionally-trained Apexsquads as well. its LAN tournaments have proven the game’s global appeal, especially within North America and Japan. With an organization as massive as Liquid looking to move out of the game in a short time, it isn’t good news for other orgs that have ALGS teams.
It isn’t clear if any other major organizations and the Apexteams are affected by this conflict, which is positive aspect of the situation for Apexplayers and their fans. However, at present, the scene of competition appears to be in a state of uncertainty.
Update September. 15 at 5:41 pm CST: Team Liquid has released an official statement about the current situation of the Apexsquad. The statement states that the team is calling the team “restricted free agents,” and this decision is not based on “performance” or “behavior.”