October 22 – UEFA has launched the second of its national team esports competition – eEuro 2021 – which will complete with a London final in the summer next year.
The eEuro2021 final tournament will be played July 9-10, ahead of the Euro2020 final at Wembley on July 11.
Last week FIFA announced a revamp of its own eSports competitions platforms that will be played on the EA Sports FIFA21 game platform. UEFA gamers will play exclusively on Konami’s eFootball PES 2021 Season Update.
UEFA said all 55 of its member associations will compete with national team selections beginning in November – teams of between two and four players will be picked via a domestic online or ‘physical’ tournament unless a national efootball team already exists.
An official draw will divide the countries into groups for the online qualification stage where every team will play two matches against the other sides 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. The qualifiers to be played in early 2021.
“The UEFA eEURO has given efootball enthusiasts the chance to dream of representing their country on the biggest stage and all competing teams will be looking to emulate Italy who were victorious earlier this year,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.
“The inaugural UEFA eEURO was an undoubted success, with over 15 million people having watched competition footage across UEFA’s platforms. We have seen a massive growth in the popularity of efootball over the past few years and eEURO 2021 will continue to give us the opportunity to connect with new and existing fans of national team football.”
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