eSports bid to fill the gap as eEuro enters final stages and Serie A joins the game

April 3 – The suspension of live football has opened up multiple opportunities for the football eSports business with Serie A being the latest to embrace the genre and UEFA’s eEuro 2020 taking centre stage.

There are now 10 countries who have qualified for the eEURO 2020 finals, with the remaining six places in the final tournament to be decided through the play-offs in April.

Played on KONAMI’s eFootball PES 2020, group stages closed last Monday with Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania and Serbia all qualifying.

The ten runners-up from the group stage will compete in the play-offs, which will take place on April 20-27, with the best six teams, the top three from each of the two groups, will also go through to the final tournament. (Runners-up Group 1: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Montenegro, Portugal; Runners-up Group 2: Denmark, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey).

The top 16 national teams will then compete in the online final tournament on May 23-24. The finalists had been scheduled to gather in London, but the tournament will be played virtually and broadcast on UEFA’s YouTube channel.

Serie A friendlies

Serie A this week kicked off a pre-season friendly esports tournament for the league’s top clubs.

The tournaments consist of four teams facing each other prior to the start of the eSerie A TIM. Having completed the group stage, the teams will face each other in the semi-finals and final.

The first tournament featured the four FIFA20 Teams from Inter | Qlash, A.S. Roma, Genoa Esports and Fiorentina Esports.

Matches are broadcast on eSerie A Tim’s YoutTube channel, with the slogan ‘Waiting for eSerie A TIM | Everybody Plays Home’ reinforced across the broadcast.

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