ELEAGUE will not only broadcast traditional sports on TBS, but will now broadcast virtual traditional sports games. Today, it was announced that Electronic Arts, makers of FIFA 19, has entered into an agreement with ELEAGUE to facilitate and create multiple EA SPORTS FIFA 19 events in 2019. Together, this partnership is looking to expand the competitive ecosystem and give players and fans more opportunities to actually participate in more events or simply enjoy them from home, watching them on cable television or Twitch.
To kick things off, the ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February will be conducted from Feb. 22-24 directly from the ELEAGUE Arean at Turner Studios in Atlanta. This event is designed to be a worldwide competition which will see 64 of the game’s best players vie for valuable EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points and compete for a $100,000 purse. Live event coverage can be found on ELEAGUE’s Twitch channel and Bleacher Report Live.
“EA SPORTS FIFA is one of the most popular, critically-acclaimed video games on a global scale and we’re thrilled to align with them in this exciting partnership,” said Craig Barry, EVP & Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “This will provide some unique crossover opportunities for ELEAGUE to leverage Turner’s B/R Football brand and UEFA property, as we continue to expand and further diversify its strategic partnerships to present premium esports content experiences and drive engagement across all platforms.”
“ELEAGUE is a fantastic viewership platform for competitive FIFA and accelerates the mainstream esports and sports connection thanks to the power of Turner Sports,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. “We’re seeing rapid growth for EA SPORTS FIFA competitive gaming right now around the world, and the opportunity to host a major event in North America will be an accelerant to this growth. This partnership with ELEAGUE is perfect given EA SPORTS FIFA’s global reach, its instant accessibility for spectators, and the millions of FIFA competitive gaming players that are participating in the Global Series.”
From the release:
Live event coverage will be distributed across ELEAGUE’s Twitch channel and B/R Live – Turner’s live sports streaming service – with several integrations planned from B/R Football’s UEFA Champions League coverage. Additionally, ELEAGUE will capture the tournament’s best moments for a series to air on TBS following the event.
In addition to the ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February, ELEAGUE will operate a Licensed Qualifying Event within the 2019 Global Series, Friday-Sunday, May 3-5 – which will also offer EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points and prize money. Additional details surrounding the LQE will be announced in the coming months.
ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February Qualifying
Any competitor that is FUT Champions Verified (more information available here) received an invitation directly from EA SPORTS to participate in the ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February open online qualifiers. The qualifiers, which were held Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 29-30, and hosted by Battlefy, determined the 64 top performers – 32 each for the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One platforms – invited to compete live at ELEAGUE Arena in February. More information about the roster of players set to compete in the ELEAGUE FUT Champions Cup February – including key competitors to watch – will be shared in the coming weeks.
Fans are invited to join the live studio audience at ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta by obtaining free tickets via ELEAGUE.com in the coming weeks. Follow @ELEAGUETV on Twitter for the latest information.