EA (NASDAQ:EA) has released details on the upcoming FIFA 20 esports season, a week on from the release of the latest edition of the soccer stalwart.
The first major change from the 19 previous seasons will be a simplification in the qualifying process. A new ‘Friendly Competition’ mode will see teams play out a two-legged tie with aggregate goals determining the winner in the event of a stalemate, just how games work at the knockout stage of the Champions League. Teams will also be allowed to stream their group stage games, providing hardcore fans with a way to watch their favorite players and teams right from the outset of the competition.
While the overall structure of the competition will be almost identical to FIFA 19, the number of leagues involved will increase from 17 to 20 for the upcoming season. The list of leagues includes the UEFA Champions League, ePremier League, Bundesliga, and Major League Soccer (MLS), with more to be announced in the coming weeks. The FIFA 20 Global Series will revolve around six Ultimate Team Champions Cups, which will take place between November 8 and May 15, 2020, with each of these events being broadcast live as an “EA Major.” The overall prize fund for the upcoming season is expected to be more than $3 million USD.
“The EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series is the most inclusive esports competition on the planet,” said FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner Brent Koning, in a release. “Anyone can become a superstar, and the opportunity to do so has accelerated with the more than 20 official league partners now in the mix. This connection to global sport drives viewer intrigue, and that positions us well for surpassing last year’s 800 million minutes of EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series content watched.”
The season will culminate in the FIFA eWorld Cup, which will take place next July. In order to qualify, players must earn enough points across the season to take one of the 128 seats at the FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs. The top 16 players on both the PS4 and Xbox One will then go on to play in the series-defining event.
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