The Malta Football Association (MFA) has entered partnership with Electronic Arts (EA) to create the Malta BOV ePremier League.
The league will act as an official qualifier for the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series.
Local FIFA players will have the opportunity to represent one of the 14 BOV Premier League clubs, with more details to be released in the coming weeks. The Malta BOV ePremier League is scheduled to commence in November.
Dr Matthew Paris, VP of Malta FA discussed the league’s inception: “EA SPORTS FIFA is one of the most popular video games worldwide and we’re very pleased to team up with Electronic Arts in this partnership which will lead to the creation of the first Malta BOV ePremier League.
“Our partnership with Electronic Arts will provides some unique opportunities for local esports players and Maltese clubs, putting them on the global EA SPORTS FIFA map with all the potential benefits this will bring.”
The FIFA 20 Global Series has now expanded to more than 20 football leagues. To qualify for the series, competitors need to earn enough EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series ranking points at live events.
Sam Turkbas, Deputy FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner at EA SPORTS added: “Our partnership with the Malta FA gives players the opportunity to realise their dreams of competing on behalf of their favourite clubs at the highest level of competition. We see the Malta BOV ePremier League as the perfect connection between virtual and traditional football and this engagement will accelerate local fandom.”
Esports Insider says: Enabling aspiring pros to compete on behalf of local teams is a great way to enrich the grassroots scene. Giving them an avenue into the FIFA Global Series shows great commitment to helping develop amateurs into potential champions.