Major League Soccer launches own esports league for Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 World Cup

Major League Soccer Enters Esports With a New FIFA Competition

Major League Soccer Enters Esports With a New FIFA Competition

Major League Soccer (MLS) is the professional football league sanctioned by United States Soccer and consists of professional teams from the U.S. and Canada.

MLS said on Friday that 19 of its clubs will take part in the initial eMLS Cup, and it showed off a clever new shield design for these clubs that includes video game controller buttons and a directional pad.

Major League Soccer (MLS) is entering the world of esports in a big way, introducing a new Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 league in partnership with EA Sports.

"We're honored to partner with MLS within the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series as we continue to help grow competitive gaming and soccer in North America", Todd Sitrin, the senior vice president and general manager of the competitive gaming division at EA, said in a press statement.

MLS will engage fans of participating MLS teams to follow along as players are recruited and compete for the eMLS Cup in April at gaming festival PAX East in Boston.

Major League Soccer Enters Esports With a New FIFA Competition

The news is yet more proof of esport becoming a mainstream attraction.

There are 19 MLS teams hosting an eMLS club.

It's unclear whether these players will be paid by their sponsoring team, like they are in the National Basketball Association 2K League.

Each of the teams involved will draft gamers who survive the qualification process to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. Do you think North Americans stand a better chance in the eWorld Cup or the real World Cup? An MLS spokesperson told Polygon that teams may elect to have multiple players to represent them, although only one player from each team can compete in eMLS events.

LaBelle will represent the Red Bulls in the recently-announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world.


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