APEX is an annual tournament series founded by tournament director Jonathan Alex Strife Lugo. The event is held in New Jersey, US, since its first incarnation in 2009 under different venues, first on on the Rutgers University and later on the Garden State Convention Center. It is one of the biggest tournament events at national level and has attracted the attention from players from all around the world. Not only does it features tournaments for the Super Smash Bros. games (where they also contribute to the development for their respective tier lists), but also for other fighting game like Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom or Mortal Kombat, as well as Pokémon battle tournaments.
McLeodGaming at APEX
Beginning with APEX 2013, support for non-profit, indie developer companies was started. McLeodGaming was among the developers that was invited to the event to present the newest version of its fangame based on the SSB games called Super Smash Flash 2 who is presented in the format of a demo for attendants to play it before its public release, with live-streams of live gameplay on MG's Twitch account so people who could not assist to the event could have a sneak of the new version. Raffles and prize-giving events were also hosted at the MG booth. McLeodGaming returned at APEX 2014, to showcase SSF2 demo v0.9b. Then again at APEX 2015, this time to showcase the final playable demo version of SSF2, SSF2 Beta. Following a change of management and the removal Alex Strife from the team in 2015, APEX 2016's date was moved forward to June 2016, which resulted in schedule conflicts with the developers's daily lives, due to this, it was decided McLeodGaming would not be attending at APEX 2016 and instead focus on Super Smash Con to be held on August 2016.