February 27 – FIFA is expanding its presence in the fast growing esports football business with the launch of a new national team competition – the eNations Cup.
The maiden eNations Cup will take place April 13-14 as an invitation-only exhibition event. It will introduce a new format of national teams and member associations from all of FIFA’s six confederations competing against each other in a team competition on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.
The nations can stage their own national eFootball championships and qualifiers to select their own national team. The selected players, two per country, will then be invited to the eNations Cup to represent their country.
“The involvement of our member associations with a dedicated nations tournament is another significant and exciting step forward for FIFA and the development of eFootball globally,” said FIFA’s chief digital transformation and innovation officer Luis Vicente.
“Furthermore, the FIFA eNations Cup represents for us another great step in the growth and development of eFootball, further enhancing engagement with fans and players worldwide as well as allowing our member associations to develop and activate eFootball programs and competitions in their country.”
The event will become FIFA’s third major esports venture, following on from the FIFA Global Series and the eClub World Cup. FIFA will announce the host city for the inaugural eNations Cup shortly.
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