Electronic Arts and FIFA have recently proposed a brand-new structure to the FIFA 20 ecosystem. Part of this new plan included the announcement of several new competitions, returning league tournaments, as well as online tournaments to replace the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series.
These updates are designed to keep players and viewers connected and to build upon the success of the EA SPORTS FIFA Stay and Play Cup, which aired to millions of fans in over 100 countries resulting in unprecedented viewership growth compared to last year – up 260% May 2020 vs May 2019 on Twitch.
The EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Summer Cup Series will be made up of six online regional tournaments and will feature top invited players from Europe, Asia, Oceania, North and South America and Middle East-Africa, all competing to be crowned one of the six regional winners. The prize pool for this series will be $228,000 (R3,9 million) and the tournaments will run from 17 July – 9 August.
For more details check out the link https://www.ea.com/games/fifa/fifa-20/compete/news/esports-evolution-updates
Brent Koning, EA SPORTS FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner said, “We’ve already seen amazing fan engagement with our competitive events over the past few months. Our partnership with the top football leagues has resulted in over 100 hours of TV broadcasts alone and now we’re looking forward to offering players and viewers even more great competitions to play and watch. Although replacing fan-favourite, in-person tournaments were unavoidable as we prioritize player safety, we are thrilled to have more events this summer than ever before in FIFA esports.”
“We are looking forward to rolling out exciting alternative events to the previous FIFA 20 Global Series events over the coming weeks, all whilst ensuring safety and the highest possible tournament standards to the competitors which could not be guaranteed for the initially scheduled events due to the current situation and online-only format limitations for global activations being in place,” said Christian Volk, Director of Gaming and eFootball at FIFA. “In these challenging times, we’re committed to supporting our stakeholders, players, fans and the wider community to stay engaged with their audience via EA SPORTS FIFA. We’ll also continue working together with FIFA’s member associations to host eFriendlies all around the world and to bring virtual football to fans in each country.”
Added to this already, some of the world’s top leagues, such as LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue1 and MLS are resuming their FIFA 20 esports events using revised formats.
Unfortunately, some tournaments that will not proceed in the wake of current events include the FIFA FUT Champions Cup Stage VI, the FIFA eNations Cup, the Global Series Playoffs and the eWorld Cup as these tournaments all require in-person events across the globe and can not be effectively replicated online.
EA did state that it will still reward competitors $200,000 (R3,4m) in prizes for those qualified to FUT Champions Cup Stage VI and another $700,000 (R12,1m) based on FIFA 20 Global Series Rankings as of March 3, 2020.