FIFA has announced that the first FIFA eNations Cup will take place in London, on 13 and 14 April 2019.
The world football governing body described the new esports tournament thus: “The FIFA eNations Cup is a new addition by FIFA to this season’s professional eFootball calendar and will feature 20 national teams from all six confederations. In addition to international glory and a prize pool of $100,000 at stake for the teams, players selected by their member association for the FIFA eNations Cup 2019 will also have the chance to win up to 1,500 EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series points, providing them with an opportunity to move up the FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings and take a significant step forward on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.”
Among the 20 nations selected to participate are great footballing names like England, Brazil, Germany, France and Argentina, along with countries perhaps more fancied in the esports world like the USA, China, Russia, Australia and Finland.
Christian Volk, Director of eFootball and Gaming at FIFA, said: “With 20 of the world’s best eFootball nations going head-to-head, this year’s inaugural FIFA eNations Cup will provide another great example of the passion and excitement that eFootball has to offer, as well as providing the chance for players and member associations to compete for national pride and international glory.
“Following unprecedented interest received in the event, the decision to expand the FIFA eNations Cup from 16 to 20 teams will allow more member associations with a chance to compete on an international stage in eFootball, as well as providing an important stepping stone for FIFA to continue growing and developing eFootball and the FIFA eNations Cup for member associations and the wider eFootball community in the future.”
For more information on the FIFA eNations Cup, including the tournament’s structure, how to stream it and how to buy tickets to attend, head to the FIFA eWorld Cup website.