Major League Soccer and Electronic Arts have announced details for the latest edition of the eMLS, a North American FIFA-based esports league.
The eMLS 2023 season will feature the largest prize pool in the history of the competition, $100,000 (⁓£81,800) in total, as well as a long list of notable commercial partners.
In particular, companies such as Coca-Cola, PlayStation, DoorDash, Avant, and JLab, among others will support the league throughout its duration. Many names on the list have been trusted partners of the eMLS for years, with Coca-Cola being the title sponsor of the 2022 eMLS Cup, and JLab becoming the league’s official audio and microphone partner in 2021.
The upcoming season will kick off on January 24-25th and conclude on March 13th with the 2023 eMLS Cup. The league will be divided into three main events, the eMLS League Series 1 and Series 2 taking place in New York City, and the eMLS Cup taking place n Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival.
Kacey ‘Kacee’ Anderson, the first woman content creator to be signed to an eMLS club will be the official eMLS season correspondent this season. Joining her will be eMLS host Faizal Khamisa, play-by-play announcer Dan Gaskin, commentator Mike Labelle and sideline reporter Susannah Collins.
Camilo Durana, Executive Vice President of Major League Soccer (MLS), commented: “eMLS is excited to see new faces and returning legends for the 2023 season. Major League Soccer is committed to offering competitive gaming and premium esports content, expanding the way fans can support their favourite clubs.
“With eMLS content on more platforms and devices, we continue [to] find ways to best serve our young, diverse and digitally savvy fans, while highlight top global talent on the virtual pitch.”