Major League Soccer Launches FIFA 18 Esports League

Kenny Tucker
January 13, 2018

This comes right after the Overwatch League and its major success this week, representing yet another big step for esports and competitive gaming as a whole. The victor of the tournament will get a spot in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 Global Series Playoffs, which will be followed by the Federation Internationale de Football Association eWorld Cup to be held in August.

For instance, the MLS clubs can only pick one gamer to represent them in eMLS events, rather than multiple players, making it unclear what happens if a representative can't attend a competition for some reason.

The NBA has already started qualifying for gamers hoping to be part of the NBA 2K League when it tips off in May.

"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", said Todd Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA.

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Further details on eMLS Cup, including team announcements and tournament structure, will be shared as the competition draws closer.

The Portland Timbers will be among 19 MLS teams competing in Major League Soccer's new eMLS competition. The Philadelphia Flyers have already partnered with WorldGaming for the Snider Hockey Cup, a North American championship whose finals are in March. NYCFC has since signed a second player, Joey Calabro for Xbox One, and announced plans for its own "FIFA 18" tournament in February. Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new partnership with EA Sports to create its own esports league, dubbed eMLS, which will be tied to the worldwide competition for Federation Internationale de Football Association 18. eMLS will feature 19 of MLS's 23 clubs, with each real-world team selecting a professional gamer to represent them in competition.

Holly is already on his way, having qualified for the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup on January 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain, where the top eight finishers will advance to the June playoffs.

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