Many teams have disbanded because of monetary or personal issues, and others have advanced to the global league, which according to the announcement prompted the change for next season.
“APEX will not invite foreign teams (for Season 4),” the announcement reads. “The foreign teams that have experienced difficulties working in schedules for both APEX and other tournaments overseas will now find the viewers through their own regions. We want to thank the foreign teams that have made APEX even better.”
Furthermore, the announcement reads that the promotional tournaments for Season 4 will not take place, as more spots will be open with various teams leaving APEX before next season. As such, the top five teams of the APEX Challengers league will automatically be added to OGN APEX Season 4, and the league will give the newly added teams “time to recharge and rebuild.”
According to the announcement, the decision was also made in part with the teams in mind and to give players time to move teams, and for teams to be able to be in good shape for competition.
“We at APEX have heard the viewers and fans’ opinions that the schedule can be quite tight, and it is true that due to the nature of the league, it gives players little time to interact with the fans during the off-season,” the announcement reads. “Therefore we decided that it would be better for all if we ran the tournament a little more quickly.”
Past seasons of OGN Apex have featured prominent Western teams such as Rogue and EnVyUs, which won Season 1 of APEX. Lunatic-Hai, defending champion from Season 2, will plat Kongdoo Panthera on July 29 in the Season 3 finals.