Legia Warsaw, in association with Qwatti Esports, will host its first esports tournament this weekend and the world’s top European clubs that have FIFA pros on their books will be taking part.
These include PSG, AS Monaco, Sporting CP, West Ham, Man City, Wolfsburg, Schalke, Valencia and Ajax. AS Monaco are the most recent entrant to the scene after they partnered with Epsilon eSports.
Professional FIFA players’ calendars have never before been so busy, nor clocked up so many air miles, with this tournament taking place the weekend immediately after the ESWC 2016 at Paris Games Week. This is regarded as the unofficial FIFA gaming world cup, and this year PSG’s Daxe was the victor.
It has been confirmed by the club that another on the PSG FIFA roster, the experienced August ‘Agge’ Rosenmeier will be making the trip to Poland, and below we’ve outlined each of the clubs and the potential players taking part, we’ve not been able to confirm precisely who in each case.
PSG – Agge Rosenmeier
West Ham – Sean ‘Dragonn’ Allen
Man City – Kieran ‘Kez’ Brown
Sporting CP – Francisco ‘Quinzas’ Cruz
AS Monaco – Nathan ‘Sneaky’ Nayagom
Ajax – Koen Weijland
Schalke – Tim ‘Tim Lakta’ Schwartmann
Wolfsburg – Benedikt ‘SaLz0r’ Saltzer
Valencia – David Soriano
Legia – To be announced on the day
On home turf West Ham’s Allen got very close but was undone in the final, whilst he narrowly missed out on the playoffs at ESWC. PSG’s Agge made it through the group stage in Paris, whilst Wolfsburg’s TimoX lost 2-1 to PSG’s Daxe in the final.
TimoX would have looked well placed to take a win here but has not made the trip. For some, such as Monaco’s Nayagom and the Valencia pair, it’ll be one of the first big opportunities to show off for their new clubs and so who knows what’ll happen. It’ll also be an exciting day for Legia Warsaw’s own FIFA player who the club will reveal on the day.
The winner stands to win €2000 (£1775), with second place taking €1000 (£887) and third €500 (£443).
Esports Insider says: This’ll seemingly take a similar format to the FIFA tournament at West Ham’s London Stadium though the winner of that, Hashtag United’s Harry Hesketh, will not be in Warsaw. This is the Polish club’s first move in esports so hopefully it all goes off without a hitch.