UEFA is all set to mark its esports debut with the UEFA 2020 European Championships. The tournament will feature several online qualification rounds culminating into finals to be hosted at a physical location.
The governing body for football in Europe has invited expression of interests from the global esports industry to create, develop and operate an officially sanctioned event that will run alongside its men’s nations continental tournament in 2020.
UEFA has already launched a tender process to select potential partners who have to submit their expression of interest until September 21. Full proposals will be taken two months later with a decision made the week of October 15 following presentation sessions from shortlisted bidders.
Interested parties will receive an RFP document to outline UEFA requirements and provide further details of the necessary information to be included in any proposals.
The selected organiser would be responsible for defining the tournament format and rules, running the qualifiers, organising the physical event along with managing all on-site operations, providing a live broadcast feed, as well as data capture and analysis, states the official release from UEFA. However, advertising, marketing, promotion and operation of the event remains subject to Uefa’s approval and guidelines.
It has not been announced what title the tournament would be played on, or if it would be a soccer-based game at all. The FIFA eWorld Cup is played on the EA Sports’ FIFA series, with the most recent edition won by Saudi Arabia’s Mosaad Aldossary in London last month.
Earlier this year UEFA parted ways with former official gaming licensee Konami. The Japanese software video game has historically produced the official Uefa Champions League and European Championships titles. EA Sports’ subsequently picked up the licence to the Champions League for its FIFA series back in June.