Its been a long time coming but it’s now official. This year will see the launch of the ePremier League. All 20 teams of the English Premier League will be represented and FIFA 19 players will be given the chance to compete for their team and potentially win the ePremier League Finals which will take place on the 28-28th of March of next year.
How To Get Involved
Registration will open on the 3rd of December the competition will start with online qualifiers in January.
From the online qualifiers 32 players for each club will make it to the club playoffs. 16 from Playstation 4 and 16 from Xbox.
The Club Playoffs will be LAN events where the 32 players will compete against each other until finally there is just 1 Playstation and 1 Xbox player to represent each club.
The ePL final will be held in London on the 28 & 29th of March in partnership with esports tournament organizers Gfinity who also run the well-established Gfinity Elite Series.
The winning players and club will be crowned the ePremier League champions.
Players can also earn Global Series Points for doing well in the competition if they are FUT Champion Verified.
What Does This Mean For The Sport?
In short, it could be massive. Previously only Manchester City, Wolverhampton F.C and West Ham United had signed FIFA esports players. This was done without any explicit backing from the Premier League.
The ePL, on the other hand, will have the full backing of every club and the league organization itself. The English Premier League is one of the biggest sporting and commercial entities in the world. In fact, 10 of the richest football clubs in the world are Premier League teams and with that sort of backing this year’s title could be the one that muscles in and takes its place at the table of the biggest esport games.
EA Sports has long struggled to build an esport audience for their game. Even though it is a well run and watchable product it simply hasn’t generated the same buzz that it’s more illustrious peers have. EA Sports will be banking on the Premier League teams to bring their significant cultural clout to the fore and introduce football and FIFA 19 fans to the product.
And they are going about it the right way. The final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and on the Premier League’s official social media channels which is sure to attract a huge audience.
The potential is huge. So perhaps it’s not surprising the amount of current and former Premier League players who have begun investing in the FIFA esport space. There are few opportunities in the world that offer what a healthy FIFA esport scene can. The intersection between traditional sports, gaming, celebrity, and social media is an enticing one for any investor.