NRG Esports Announces Its Exit From Apex Legends Esports Scene

16 Sep 2023
Tit Krajnik 16 Sep 2023
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  • NRG Esports exits the Apex Legends esports scene
  • The organisation released its entire roster on Friday, September 15
  • NRG Esports are not the first big-brand organisation to leave the ALGS
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North American esports organisation and one of the biggest Apex Legends teams, NRG Esports, are exiting the Apex Legends esports scene. NRG Esports announced the news on Friday, September 16 and released its entire Apex Legends roster.

NRG Esports entered the Apex Legends esports scene in February 2019, and despite having a slow start to its journey into the competitive Apex Legends, NRG Esports found traction in 2021 when the North American team established itself as one of the best in the world

Throughout the years, NRG continued posting solid results with various roster iterations and reached new heights in 2023, when NRG Esports placed second at ALGS: 2023 Split 1 Playoffs. The team also added top-20 finishes at the Split Two Playoffs and the ALGS Championship earlier this month; however, despite all the success NRG have achieved, the NA organisation decided to pull the plug on its Apex Legends project.

In an announcement posted on Twitter, NRG Esports revealed it's exiting Apex Legends altogether, releasing its entire roster and content creator. Even though NRG Esports didn't reveal the exact reasons behind the decision, it was said that the reasons were similar to those which led other prominent organisations, such as Cloud9, G2 Esports, and Team Liquid, to leave Apex Legends.

Earlier this year, several esports teams called out ALGS for its failure to provide much return on investment for the organisations, which made competing in the ALGS far less appealing for the organisations to be involved in.

It's unclear what will happen with Nathan "Nafen" Nguyen, Christopher "sweetdreams" Sexton, and Zachary "Gild" Dennis; however, it was reported that the trio will look to continue competing in ALGS next season with a new team. However, it's unlikely that they'll keep playing together.

None of the three players have yet to find a new home, but given their status as some of the top Apex Legends players in the scene, they likely won't need long before they get picked up by another team.

On the other side, NRG's exodus from ALGS is a huge blow to the Apex Legends esports scene, which has already lost several prominent esports organisations over the year. So even though the ALGS is far from dead, losing big brand organisations will definitely impact the scene's visibility and, ultimately, ALGS' popularity and growth.