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January 2019 will mark a monumental collaboration between the Premier League and EA Sports, with the FIFA 19 ePremier League kicking off to mark the PL’s first official experience in the growing eSports industry.
Registrations for the competition will begin in December, in which players will be able to participate in an online qualification series in a gaming tournament that will see the top 20 clubs facing off. The tournament is open across both PS4 and Xbox One platforms, and players must be over the age of 16 in order to enter.
Each club’s top 16 players will reach the playoffs, which will take place at a venue to be decided by the respective club. From there, the top two players from each club with head to the Gfinity eSports Arena in London to compete in the grand finals at the end of March. Whilst there is no price money in this particular competition, those who perform well will be awarded FIFA Global Series points, which can increase a player’s rank in to go towards entering the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019. Those who do reach the eWorld Cup will have the chance to perform for a $250,000 cash prize.
It’s easy to see why the Premier League would show interest in the eSports industry, which looks to be worth an estimated $905 million by the end of 2018. The ePremier League finals will be enjoying some mainstream recognition also, being broadcast on Sky Sports and any social channels associated with the Premier League.