The impending beginning of Overwatch League will not force the end of OGN Apex, according to a report from Inven’s Shim Young-bo.
Blizzard announced Wednesday the first seven cities and owners for Overwatch League, and Seoul, South Korea, was among the list. That raised questions in Korea about the status of APEX, the popular Overwatch tournament that will conclude its third season at the end of the month.
When reached for comment by Inven, a Blizzard spokesperson said “APEX will continue to be run independently from the Overwatch League,” and that Blizzard “has no plans on shutting APEX down because of the Overwatch League.”
Without details on the schedule of Overwatch League or how many teams will participate, it remains unclear how the two tournaments will exist in tandem. Other than a vague idea that the League will take place in the third quarter of 2017, the scale and length of the League is still to be announced.
APEX was one of the first international Overwatch tournaments after the game’s release last May. APEX has made some changes to the upcoming Season 4, such as not inviting international teams, removing the secondary challenger league, and promoting the top seven teams up to APEX.