MUMBAI: Electronic Arts and FIFA have partnered for an esports competition - EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.
The competition that starts on 3 November, will culminate at the showpiece event in the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, where the winner will be crowned the world champion of EA SPORTS FIFA 18 in August 2018.
The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 is a multi-staged, global journey in which competitors qualify based on FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Weekend League online performance and at live qualifying events throughout the year. Through the qualifying stage, EA and FIFA will identify and invite the top-ranked 128 eligible competitors (64 competitors representing PlayStation4 and 64 competitors representing Xbox One) to advance to the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs, vying to be one of the 32 stars to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018. The winner of the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 will be declared the world champion.
“Last year was a pivotal achievement for competitive FIFA, engaging millions of competitors and spectators through world football and global competition,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA. “In partnership with FIFA, we’re accelerating the growth of competitive gaming through the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, producing more competition, attracting more competitors and connecting with more fans than ever before.”
“Competitive FIFA is a global entertainment phenomenon that maximizes the combined power of world football and competitive gaming in unprecedented fashion,” said Philippe Le Floc'h, Chief Commercial Officer at FIFA. “We’re thrilled to partner with EA in creating the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series as the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 will increase the ways millions of fans consume football.”