There’s no shortage of esports action this weekend. Dota 2’s Starladder i-League and League of Legend’s MSI will finish this weekend. Add to that Vainglory’s Unified Spring Championship and there’s already a plethora of choice. Enter the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series Final, where the best 32 in the world will battle it out for their share of a staggering $400,000 (£307,000) in prize money.
Over six million players competed in the FIFA FUT Champions Weekend League since the launch of FIFA 17, and 192 secured live qualifications across Season 1 and Season 2’s Regional Finals.
After six regional events, just 32 players remain and will compete in Berlin. Every goal will be broadcasted across a multitude of platforms. EA will be broadcasting the event on traditional esports platform Twitch, as well as YouTube Gaming and also Facebook.
The final match is being touted as the most watched event in the tournament’s somewhat brief history. It will be broadcast across top sports networks around the world. This includes the likes of ESPN, BT Sprt, Movistar, MTG and Sport1 thus bringing competitive FIFA to screens in more than 70 countries and millions of living rooms across the world.
The prize pool is extremely top heavy, with $300,000 (£230,000) of the $400,000 being distributed to the top four players. It’s safe to say that for the bulk of these youngsters there’s never been more on the line. The winner will not only be crowned the world’s best FIFA player but they will also take home a mammoth $160,000.
The broadcast of the finals will be delayed on ESPN in Brazil and South America and also tape-delayed on Movistar in Spain whilst broadcasts to the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico and Central America, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Australia and Switzerland will all show (at least) the finals live.
Esports Insider says: EA have really gone all out with this. It’s set to be an epic tournament and watched by a huge amount of people. Prepare yourself as social media experiences the inevitable meltdown. “Why am I watching people play a video game on my TV?” will be the inevitable cries. We can’t wait to see the reaction when they see a $160,000 cheque being handed to the winner.