The international football governing body FIFA and US gaming company EA Sports (Electronic Arts) have announced the addition of new events to this season’s EA Sports Fifa 19 Global Series, which acts as the pathway to the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup.
The tournament roster of this season will see the number of majors increase from two to six, as well as an all-new Licensed Qualifier System being added which is led by PlayStation, Professional Gamers League (PGL) and Gfinity, and involves an anticipated 20 official league partners such as the German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1, North America’s MLS, and the English Premier League.
This season also includes the FIFA eClub World Cup and two EA Champions Cups featuring the best Fifa Online 4 players in the world, as well as a brand new competition – the FIFA eNations Cup. Fifa said further details about the format and qualification for the eNations Cup will be announced over the coming weeks.
Brent Koning, EA Sports FIFA competitive gaming commissioner, said, “Building upon last season’s success, we wanted to give more players around the world the opportunity to compete in the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series, as well as elevate the profile of the superstars of FIFA.
“Every detail of the competitive ecosystem is thoughtfully and strategically crafted to increase its engagement and entertainment for spectators, as well as accelerate our ultimate goal of making stars of all our players.”
The move comes as part of FIFA’s strategy to leverage the success of the previous season and growing interest in competitive FIFA gaming.
The FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 2018, which was won by Saudi Arabia’s Mossad Aldossary, has 2018 won the ‘New Esports Competition – Single Tournament/Event’ award at the Esports Business Summit concluded in Las Vegas, last week.
The National Hockey League’s 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, Major League Baseball’s MLB Home Run Derby VR Championship and a bunch of other tournaments were also in the fray for the coveted award.
The FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 set a new attendance record over the course of the three-day event at the start of August. Over 29 million digital views were recorded throughout the tournament at The O2 in London.