Electronic arts (EA) has revised its plans for e-sport events related to its EA Sports FIFA 20 football match. Free kick from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 25 million players during the quarter ended March 31, and EA experienced some increase from the pandemic. But the esports season for physical events has been halted, and EA recognizes this impact today.
EA and FIFA have announced an evolved and expanded EA Sports FIFA 20 esports ecosystem, with new competitions and returning football league tournaments, as well as online tournaments to replace the now canceled physical events – such as EA Sports 20 Global Series – including the FIFA eWorld Cup.
A new calendar
EA previously created the EA Sports FIFA Stay and Play Cup, which reached millions of people in over 100 countries, and saw an unprecedented audience for EA Sports FIFA content from last year, with a 260% growth.
The EA Sports FIFA 20 Summer Cup series consists of six regional online tournaments that invite top players from Europe, Asia, South America, Oceania, North America and the Middle East- Africa. The total prize pool created for the Summer Cup Series is $ 228,000, with tournaments taking place from July 17 to August 9.
Brent Koning, EA Sports FIFA’s competitive games commissioner, said in a statement that fan engagement in competitive events in recent months has increased. He said partnerships with the best football leagues have resulted in over 100 hours of TV programming and that EA is now offering players and viewers more competitions to play and watch.
More physical events
Koning added that replacing face-to-face tournaments was inevitable, as society has to prioritize player safety.
Many of the best football leagues in the world, including the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, MLS and many others, take up EA Sports FIFA 20 e-sport events in revised formats. Fans can also take advantage of the UEFA eChampions League, which will be hosting a special online invitation event in mid-August.
Tournaments that will not take place in the wake of current events include the EA Sports FIFA 20 FUT Champions Cup Stage VI, the FIFA eNations Cup 2020, the EA Series FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs and the FIFA eWorld Cup 2020. These tournaments require personal events and could not be run online.
EA will still award $ 200,000 in prizes to those qualified for the FUT Champions Cup Stage VI and $ 700,000 based on the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series rankings as of March 3, 2020.