The news about 100 Thieves withdrawing from the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) is a significant development in the esports community.
This decision, announced by the organization’s senior vice president Jacob “Maelk” Anderson, comes after the team’s poor performance in the Year Three Championship and the organization’s focus on making each of their competitive titles break even.
100 Thieves’ decision not to invest in a team for the 2024 season of ALGS was influenced by dissatisfaction with the current structure of the league, a sentiment echoed by other organizations that have previously withdrawn. This decision was speculated to be a setback for The Dojo, a rising team in the NA Challenger Circuit, which fans believed 100 Thieves might pick up.
Apex Legends @100Thieves seem to be exiting ALGS for Year 4 (per SVP). They had a team but “it felt wrong moving forward”. Sadge 😩
Here’s What Happened ⬇️https://t.co/3fkXJSuOp3
— JMeyels (@jmeyels) November 28, 2023
The departure of major organizations like 100 Thieves and Team Liquid, which cited a lack of support from the developers as a reason for leaving, underscores the challenges facing the ALGS
In North America, the absence of 100 Thieves adds to the growing list of unsigned teams and free agents in the Pro League.
Notably, former 100 Thieves members Alex “scuwry” Scala and Alan “Vaxlon” Gonzalez remain in the Pro League with unsigned teams SKRT and Already There, respectively. The future of the ALGS, particularly in North America, seems uncertain with a significant number of teams without organizational backing.
Year Four of the ALGS is set to begin on January 20, 2024, with Preseason Qualifiers concluding on December 18, 2023. This season will determine the 30 teams participating in each Pro League. Fans and participants are likely hoping for stability and fewer withdrawals of teams from the league leading up to the first split.