Madden Championship Series returns with six in-person events and $1.7m prize pool

Madden Championship Series,
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The Madden Championship Series, the top-flight competitive league for EA SPORTS’ Madden NFL, will return for a new season later this year.

The new season will see a total of six in-person events take place, and a total prize pool of $1.7m (~£1.3m). According to the announcement, the new season will also see more gaming platforms included, as well as cross-platform play throughout the season.

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The MCS is open to players from the US, UK, Germany, Canada and Mexico.

The Madden Championship Series is a series of esports tournaments taking place throughout the year. The series will culminate with the Madden Bowl, a large-scale esports tournament that usually takes place early in the year, similar to the real-world Super Bowl. This season’s edition has more tournaments included, with more chances for a LAN experience.

The season will start with a special Ultimate Kickoff tournament in August which will end with a LAN final on September 6th, a day before the NFL Kickoff game. This tournament will have a $200,000 (~£156,000) prize pool and is set to commemorate the official start of the new MCS season, similar to how the NFL Kickoff is used for the real-world NFL.

The Kickoff will be followed by a series of four Ultimate Challenge tournaments which will all have LAN finals. Players will play through a ladder stage which will be followed by a single elimination bracket and the LAN finals. The live events for the Ultimate Challenge tournaments will take place in October, November, December and January.

Lastly, the Ultimate Madden Bowl, a $1m (~£780,000) tournament, will take place in early 2024, around the time of the Super Bowl. EA has not shared further details about the Madden Bowl, but more information is expected as the tournament draws close.

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.