FIFA 19 is the latest installment of the long running FIFA football series. Set for release on all major platforms on September 28th. The seminal football of this generation has a fiercely loyal fan base and mature esport scene. The popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode continues to generate excitement with it’s card collecting element and it’s the football game of choice for tournaments and leagues all over the world.
FIFA 19 – Confirmed Features
- Brand new group of ICONs including Johan Cruyff, George Best and Franco Baresi
- All new competitive mode – Division Rivals
- Revamped custom tactics engine – plan and execute new game plans before and on-the-fly during games.
- Fully Licensed UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
- The Journey Champions – Part 3 of the Alex Hunter story as he fights to win the Champions League.
- House Rules – Customize your exhibition games with Survival Mode or “No Rules”
- Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
- Cover star : Cristiano Ronaldo
The FIFA series has shown steady growth as an esport year-on-year. The sports eco-system is maturing and the amount of large purse tournaments continues to grow. From the Gfinity series to the FIFA run eClub World Cup (FeCWC) and eWorld Cup (FeWC). This year’s FeWC, held in London’s O2 Arena, had a record $250,000 cash prize which went to Saudi Arabia’s Msdossary.
There are also a number of national league’s such as the eMLS and Virtuelle Bundesliga which use the FIFA series.
The primary esport mode is the popular FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT). Players participate in the Weekend Leagues and based off their performances can make them eligible for the FIFA Global Series.
This year see’s a new addition to this mode – Division Rivals. A series of midweek tournaments designed to keep players engaged and give them another avenue to qualify for the Weekend Leagues.
Pro Clubs, a game mode where you only control one player in a 11v11, has a grassroots esports scene of it’s own. Teams are set up and seasons are played out mimicking a traditional football calendar. None of these tournaments are officially supported by FIFA.
FIFA Esports has a diverse range of organizations involved in the fielding of teams. Traditional football clubs such as PSG and Man City have a presence. As well as established esports orgs like FaZe clan and Team Vitality. Others exist primarily in the FIFA eco-system such as Hashtag United.