FIFA 19 adds esports pro teams

06 Nov 2018

EA Sports has announced 13 partnerships with professional esports organisations that will see the teams’ official jerseys available as playable kits in EA’s FIFA 19 game.

Among the major international teams to sign on for 2019 are Team Vitality, Newbee, SK Gaming and Scarz. Rogue, the team of 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup Mosaad Aldossary, is another involved.

In addition, Team Liquid, Fnatic and Hashtag United, which were all involved in last year’s FIFA 18, will also return for next year.

As part of the global agreements, pro players from the esports teams will receive a free pack containing in-game kit for them to use.

The move follows criticism of the FIFA title from within the endemic esports community, which has not always recognised the place of sport-based titles in competitive gaming.

Last month, professional esports player Salzor, of Bundesliga side Vfl Wolfsburg, became the latest to openly criticise FIFA 19 as a competitive esports platform.

He issued a press release, complaining about issues including the game’s mechanics and the level of skill involved.

EA Sports recently teamed up with the Premier League to launch a new ePremier League tournament in the UK.

The new property is expected to be the focus of Wednesday’s final Sport Industry Breakfast Club event of 2018 with Garry Cook, executive chairman of ePremier League tournament operator Gfinity.