August 21 – With FIFA have just announced record breaking numbers for the finals of its eWorld Cup, UEFA has announced the launch of UEFA eEURO 2020, a national-team eFootball tournament that will see all 55 of UEFA’s national associations kick off play this November.
While FIFA played its eWorld Cup on EA Sports’ FIFA 19 game, the eEURO 2020 tournament will be played on Konami’s eFootball PES 2020 game. “The video game will be dedicated to next summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 showpiece,” said a UEFA press release.
The final tournament for the eEURO 2020 will be played in London July 9-20, just before the final of the EURO 2020 at Wembley Stadium on July 12.
“eFootball is played by tens of millions of people across the continent and we are delighted to give competitors from our national associations the chance to represent their country on the biggest stage,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.
“We have seen a massive growth in the popularity of eFootball over the past few years and the eEURO 2020 will give us the opportunity to connect with new and existing fans of national-team football.”
National eFootball teams will comprise between two and four players with each national association nominating their team, with participants being chosen through either a domestic online or ‘physical’ tournament – unless a national eFootball team already exists.
The qualification stage will see every country will play two matches against the other countries in their group, with the team with the highest overall aggregate score being determined the winner. The winner of each group and the best six runners-up will qualify for the final tournament in London.
“Our teams have pulled out all the stops to secure the biggest and best licences possible for eFootball PES 2020; quality licences that match the level we set each year when it comes to game play,” said Jonas Lygaard, senior director – brand and business development at Konami Digital Entertainment. “The partnership with UEFA and the EURO 2020 tournament is a big win for our community.”
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