The FFA announces the e-League
The A-League is starting their own e-League
The FFA is moving into the esports circuit, with each club set to compete in the newest FIFA title league. Launching in 2018 FFA is seeking the top players to fill up their rosters.
The e-League will consist of two players on a team, with a team for each A-League side, representing each club throughout a season. In a tournament style final event the top two teams will go head to head. The season will be running during the last nine rounds of the A-League season, starting this February 1st.
“EA SPORTS FIFA is the most popular sports video game in the world, with a huge following in this country including a broad base of participants who play many sports,” FFA CEO David Gallop said. “This is an advantage that football has over other major sports in Australia and we will make the most of it.”
In the world of professional sports, esports is finding its roots with big clubs. Recently in Australia, two AFL clubs purchased esports teams of their own. The Adelaide Crows and Melbourne City both have esports operations in Sydney, which is set to run League of Legends games in 2018 and continue through to the main tournaments run by RIOT.
Over in the UK major clubs like Manchester City, Valencia, Wolfsburg, West Ham and Sporting Lisbon have all picked up their own professional esports FIFA players to represent them in the e-League. The FFA is still finishing up their major sponsorships and broadcast arrangements; the e-League will most likely still be broadcast on Twitch but this has yet to be confirmed.
Players can register to play in the e-League on the A-League website, where the draft for the final eligible players will be pulled from. Those who make it through will be chosen to represent a club alongside their partner who was directly selected from the FIFA league.
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