EA is launching the Continental Cup 2018 Presented by PlayStation, a licensed qualifier for the FIFA 19 Global Series.
Taking place over October 26-28th, the Continental Cup will be hosted at Paris Games Week.
This tournament gives players a chance to acquire points that go towards qualifying for the FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs. Qualifiers for the Continental Cup will span over October 6-14th, with 31 spots up for grabs. One place at the event is reserved for an on-site tournament winner in Paris.
The Continental Cup will be livestreamed in its entirety on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Competitors also have a chance to win an unspecified prize pool and a trip to Madrid to watch the UEFA Champions League Final in 2019.
Todd Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Competitive Gaming at EA discussed the competition: “This is a pivotal moment in EA competitive gaming’s history, and it will enable us to add to the global ecosystem of the FIFA Global Series by reaching more PlayStation players. With PlayStation live events occurring around the world and airing on FS1, the PlayStation Network or leading esports digital channels such as Twitch and YouTube, we’re extending the global dream of making stars of all our players.”
On October 4th, EA and the Premier League announced a partnership that will result in the ePremier League – a FIFA 19 tournament that all 20 current Premier League clubs will compete in. Operated by Gfinity, the competition will commence on January. It will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and Premier League’s social channels.
Esports Insider says: It appears as if FIFA is receiving a massive esports push with events like this and the ePremier League being announced just after the release of the new game. This particular esport is used to be segmented by platform, so – as long as Xbox players get equal opportunities – the Continental Cup seems like a good move.