Fifa and EA expand esports roster

09 Oct 2018

World football’s governing body Fifa and US video game company Electronic Arts have expanded the tournament schedule for this season’s EA Sports Fifa 19 Global Series, which acts as the pathway to the 2019 Fifa eWorld Cup.

Seeking to build on the success of last season and the growing global interest in competitive Fifa gaming, this season’s tournament ecosystem sees the number of majors increase from two to six, as well as an all-new Licensed Qualifier System being added which is led by PlayStation, Professional Gamers League (PGL) and Gfinity, and involves an anticipated 20 official league partners such as the German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1, North America’s MLS, and the English Premier League.

This season also includes the Fifa eClub World Cup and two EA Champions Cups featuring the best Fifa Online 4 players in the world, as well as a brand new competition –  the Fifa eNations Cup. Fifa said further details about the format and qualification for the eNations Cup will be announced over the coming weeks.

“Building upon last season’s success, we wanted to give more players around the world the opportunity to compete in the EA Sports Fifa 19 Global Series, as well as elevate the profile of the superstars of Fifa,” Brent Koning, EA Sports Fifa competitive gaming commissioner, said.

“Every detail of the competitive ecosystem is thoughtfully and strategically crafted to increase its engagement and entertainment for spectators, as well as accelerate our ultimate goal of making stars of all our players.”