The most recent iteration of the FIFA series, FIFA 18, is continuing to make waves in the esports scene this year. Even more official football leagues have joined the bandwagon, with Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and the USA some of the countries sporting eleagues of their own. Some teams which participate in these leagues are professional football teams themselves. The FIFA eClub World Cup takes this to the next level, as it serves to be a “Champions league” of efootball teams.
What is the FIFA eClub World Cup
To put it simply, the FIFA eClub World Cup is the culmination of a worldwide qualification process to crown the ultimate FIFA team champion. Each time is comprised of one Xbox player and one PS4 player. All of the competitors are legitimate profession esports teams. Some are backed by a traditional club, such as reigning champions Brondby eSport.
Almost all of the attendees had to a face a gruelling qualification process with some groups having as many as 9 (!!) teams in the group with 1 qualification spot up for grabs. The two automatic qualifiers are Brondby eSport, as champions, and PSG as host city.
City of lights
This year’s iteration of the event will take place in the city of lights, Paris. The host city’s club have recently announced the capture of French superstar Chevrey “RocKy” Corentin who joins their lineup immediately. He joins Maniika, DaXe and Thornberry on the roster.
The event itself takes place on May 19-20 and will be broadcast live so viewers can watch the action as it happens.
FIFA eClub World Cup – Whats up for grabs?
This year, the FIFA eClub World Cup takes an even bigger stage for the competitive scene as there are FIFA eWorld Cup playoff spots up for grabs. At this event, 4 spots are available for an individual to progress to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 playoffs, taking place a few weeks after in Amsterdam.
This has a feel of Formula 1 team/individual duplexity, as here they are competing as a team, but will be looking at the individual title too. Along with the grand finals spots, a total prize pool of 50,000$ will be given out among the competitors.
PSG eSports – Rocky and Maniika will be the representative for the hosts, and both are veterans with proven results. Look for them to be the early favourites on home turf.
Hashtag Academy – Both Ryan and Boras have already qualified for the grand finals. Look at them to play for bragging rights and return to top form.
UNILAD – Gorilla is flying high, while Shellz is having a dismal season. They have a shot, but unless Shellz can shake loose his bad form, they wont get far.
Mkers – Prinsipe and Kurt are looking good to do an Italian job in Paris. Prinsipe has already claimed a trophy and Kurt is still looking for his. Look out for the twitterverse to explode if Kurt gets his hands on his first ever trophy.
FC Basel 1893 – Both CodyDerFinisher and TheStrxngeR are veterans of the competitive FIFA scene. Look for them to progress far.
Transfermarkt eSport – nicolas99fcx may very well be the esport version of Messi. His performance in both Barcelona and Manchester shows that he is a future world champion. It’s just a matter of time.
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