UK-based tournament organiser Gfinity has expanded its partnership with EA SPORTS to become part of the FIFA 19 Global Series.
Gfinity will host four events as part of the series, with the first taking place on December 14th at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London.
Each of the four events will be part of the path for players to reach the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019. One event will be a FUT Champions Cup which features 64 players from around the world that have qualified through online competitions, while the others will be Licensed Qualifiers for the prestigious tournament. The Licensed Qualifiers will be similar to the Champions Cup, but it’ll include 32 players across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One instead.
Garry Cook, Executive Chairman at Gfinity discussed the partnership in a statement: “We are proud to extend our partnership with EA SPORTS for this season. With these four events, alongside the Gfinity Elite Series and the upcoming ePremier League, we continue to be at the forefront of FIFA competitive gaming tournaments. We are now established as one of the world-leaders in this sector. FIFA is driving growth in both participation and viewership and we will deliver best-in-class tournaments which will excite, inform and entertain their legion of fans.”
In October, Gfinity was appointed as the tournament operator for the inaugural ePremier League – a FIFA 19 tournament that will include all 20 current clubs that compete in the Premier League. This competition will kick off with an online qualification process in January, leading into a Club playoff period from January to March. The finals will take place in London over March 28-29th.
Esports Insider says: Gfinity is obviously going to play a big part in EA SPORTS’ plans for the ePremier League – and FIFA 19 is part of the Elite Series – so it’s not too surprising to see it get more involved with the road to the eWorld Cup, especially considering there are more paths to qualifying this year than ever before.