FIFA is making changes to its eSports program, announces larger prize pool for upcoming season
By Bob Garcia
The updated program includes a larger platform and over $4 million in prize money for this next season
FIFA is making changes to its eSports tournaments, adding three new narratives and $4.35 million in total prize money. Players have a lot more options in the three new narratives. Gamers can represent their club in the FIFAe Club Series, their countries in the FIFAe Nations Series or play for themselves in the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series to try to qualify for the FIFAe World Cup. The FIFAe Club World Cup Finals will take place in 2021.
“With ‘Fame your game’ as the tagline, the community now enjoys a broader stage where anyone can make a name for themselves. This is also represented by the modular approach of the new brand, which highlights the three narratives and underlines the culture around and beyond the competitions,” said FIFA. “With our FIFAe tournaments, we aim to get closer to pros, gamers and fans. In times of digital acceleration, we see a strong shift in media consumption, social values and entertainment narratives. To engage deeper with football’s next generation, we have to step up now,” said Christian Volk, director of eFootball and gaming at FIFA.
There will be prizes of $500,000 for the FIFAe World Cup and the FIFAe Nations Series, and a prize of $300,000 for the FIFAe Club Series. There will also be $3 million in prizes awarded between the FIFA 21 Global Series qualifiers, regional playoffs, the eChampions League, and CONMEBOL eLibertadores.
Brent Koning, competitive gaming commissioner and group director or EA Sports, said, “In partnership with FIFA, these narratives will bring fans closer to the action, give players more opportunities to compete, and help find the next big FIFA esports star. In these unprecedented times, we are dedicated to bringing people together to celebrate club, country, and personal glory.”