Major League Soccer teams set to get into world of esports gaming
Major League Soccer unveiled part of its esports blueprint Friday, with 19 clubs looking to face off to decide the best “FIFA 18” video gamer in North America.
The teams, including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, will pit their own pro gamers against each other to determine an eMLS champion who will then represent the North American league in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs leading to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in August.
All the MLS teams save Atlanta United, D.C. United, Los Angeles FC and Real Salt Lake are taking part in the inaugural eMLS Cup at PAX East, a gaming show set for April 5-8 in Boston.
Each club will field a player from its region to represent it in eMLS competitive play.
“This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA Sports to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the world,” Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS business ventures, said in a statement.
EA has already had great success with its competitive “Madden NFL” series, with its gaming circuit boasting a purse of US$1.153 million.
The NBA has already started qualifying for gamers hoping to be part of the NBA 2K League when it tips off in May. Toronto, whose eteam will be known as the Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (GC), is one of 17 teams that have signed up for the virtual hoops league.
Each of the teams involved will draft gamers who survive the qualification process to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments …read more