The Premier League has announced that it is teaming up with EA Sports to present the ePremier League, an esports tournament that will kick off next year.
This will give FIFA 19 players across the country a chance to represent real Premier League clubs as they go head-to-head to reach the ePL final in March 2019.
The final, one for Xbox and one for PlayStation, will take place in London and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and Premier League social media.
The ePremier League is an official ePremier League collaboration between EA and the Premier League
EA Sports’ new game FIFA 19 released last week and millions of people around the world are playing it
Premier League stars are no strangers to FIFA and esports. Many of them play and are proud of the ratings they get in the game.
In addition, several players, such as Christian Fuchs and Mesut Ozil, are massively embarking on esports with their own teams.
The tournament will take place over three months, starting in January of next year. However, hopeful players will be able to sign up for the ePL starting December 3.
In January, the online qualifying tournament begins. On each platform, players will compete in a cup format to find the top 16 finalists for Xbox and PlayStation.
From February to March, the top 16 players from both consoles will compete in a half-day tournament to determine the club representative for each platform.
All 20 Premier League clubs will have a live knockout round, giving two contenders one last shot to advance to the ePL final.
The final will take place over two days, from March 28 to 29.
The tournament will run over three months, with online qualifiers, playoffs and the final
FIFA has grown as an esport in recent years, with more ways to compete
“EA SPORTS is a fantastic partner for the Premier League and we look forward to launching the ePremier League with them,” said Richard Masters, Premier League general manager.
“ We know that millions of fans play FIFA and this new eSports competition will provide our clubs with an exciting opportunity to engage with them. We look forward to starting with the first rounds online in January 2019. ”
Existing FIFA esports professionals will watch the ePL with particular interest, as the tournament will also award FIFA 19 Global Series points, which are used to qualify for the Global Series playoffs on the way to the eWorld Cup.
This year’s eWorld Cup winner Mosad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary took home £ 200,000 in cash prizes in the final, which took place at the O2 Arena in London.
It is not yet known what the cash prize of the ePremier League will be.
This year’s FIFA eWorld Cup winner nicknamed Msdossary has taken home £ 200,000 in prizes
“ The Premier League’s global reach and extremely passionate fan base pushes the EA SPORTS FIFA competition to unprecedented heights as we accelerate the growth of esports through traditional sports, ” said Todd Sitrin, vice -President Director and General Manager of the EA Competitive Gaming division.
“ Through the ePL, this partnership charts a critical path towards expanding competition not only for the players, but also for the hundreds of millions of people who watch Premier League games who can now support their club on the virtual and traditional terrain. ”
Brent Koning, EA SPORTS FIFA Competitive Games Commissioner, said: “The inclusion of the ePL will undoubtedly improve the experience for players and spectators.
“ The fact that the world’s most popular soccer league is engaging in competitive play in this expansive manner, we believe it only accelerates the community’s enthusiasm for FIFA’s competitive play and the Premier League. ”
West Ham United is also getting into esports with its own FIFA 19 tournament. Along with partner Basset & Gold, there will be a prize pool of £ 25,000 for the tournament, with the final taking place at the London Stadium on October 28.
West Ham is also hosting an esports competition, with the final taking place at the London Stadium