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EA Sports Announces New FIFA ESport

EA Sports Announces New FIFA ESport”

EA and Major League Soccer have teamed up for a Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 esports league appropriately named eMLS.

The teams will use their own process to select a player.

"We're honored to partner with MLS within the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series as we continue to help grow competitive gaming and soccer in North America", Todd Sitrin, the senior vice president and general manager of the competitive gaming division at EA, said in a press 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. With only one esports athlete per eMLS club, rather than a roster of multiple players, it's unclear whether the league has a standard contingency plan in case a club's sole representative is unable to compete for some reason.

Further details on the eMLS league's structure and player signings will be revealed in the coming weeks, but at least one MLS club has already gotten started. The format is similar, with each National Basketball Association 2K League team representing a traditional National Basketball Association team. That event will determine the USA and Canada qualifiers to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs for a berth to August's FIFA eWorld Cup, which was recently announced.

The FIFA eWorld Cup is the conclusion of the FIFA 18 Global Series tournament, an expansion of the long-running annual esports competitions in EA's FIFA franchise. The eMLS Cup victor will earn a guaranteed playoff spot in the Global Series.

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.

Last year, the NBA announced its own esports league, the new NBA 2K League, in partnership with Take Two Interactive, makers of the popular NBA 2K video game.

"We are excited to unveil eMLS", Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures said in a news release.



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