The Premier League and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) are proud to announce the second season of ePremier League (ePL), which offers Blades fans the opportunity to represent their own club in an online EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 tournament.
A hugely successful debut ePL season saw EA SPORTS FIFA players from across the UK compete on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One.
Registration for this year's tournament opens on 4th November 2019 at e.premierleague.com From 2nd December 2019, competitors for all 20 Premier League clubs will battle it out over four months through online qualification and club playoffs to reach the ePL Finals in March 2020.
"Our inaugural ePremier League season had a great response from fans and clubs," said Richard Masters, Premier League Interim Chief Executive. "The tournament brought together experienced EA SPORTS FIFA pros and first-time competitors and gave them the unique opportunity to compete and win for their favourite clubs. We are very pleased to be working with our clubs again to build on the momentum from our first ePL season and look forward to welcoming even more fans and EA SPORTS FIFA players to the tournament."
The first ePremier League in 2018/19 received thousands of registrations, attracting top talent from all over the United Kingdom. Top-ranked EA SPORTS FIFA 19 player Donovan 'Tekkz' Hunt went on to claim the ePL trophy for Liverpool FC in a hotly contested Grand Final in London. The finals were broadcast live on Sky Sports, the Premier League's Facebook Watch channel and the EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel, receiving almost 14 million views.
"Winning the ePL Final for Liverpool FC was one of the most memorable moments of my life," said Tekkz. "Wearing the shirt of the club I've been watching all my life made the win even more special and I have had some amazing experiences since being crowned ePL Champion. I'm looking forward to playing again this year and hopefully winning back-to-back titles for Liverpool."
Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner, said: "The Premier League's global reach combined with the worldwide player base of EA SPORTS FIFA sets the ePremier League up to be one of the most popular esports tournaments across the industry. Esports drives increased engagement with traditional sport and this ePremier League partnership now gives fans an opportunity to represent or cheer for their favourite club on both the traditional and virtual pitch."
Performing well in ePremier League will also earn players the bonus of valuable season-long EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Points used to qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs.
Competitors intending to participate in ePL who want to also be eligible for these points will need to register on FUTChampions.com by 31st October 2019 or between 16th and 31st January 2020 and be FUT Champions Verified
The ePL will be operated by esports tournament organisers Gfinity. For more information visit e.premierleague.com
The finals will once again be broadcast live on Sky Sports, Premier League channels and EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel.
ePremier League Tournament key dates:
|4th November 2019||Registration opens|
|2nd-22nd December 2019||Online qualification|
|February 2020||Club playoffs|
|27th & 28th March 2020||ePremier League Finals|