EA and MFA are partnering up in order to create what will be known as the Malta BOV ePremier League and is scheduled to kick-off in November. Pro FIFA players from all around Malta will be able to suit-up and represent a team from the BOV Premier League, a strategy both parties hope will bridge the gap between virtual and traditional football and drive and accelerate engagement with local fandom.
EA and MFA: The Malta Football Association (MFA) and Electronic Arts (EA) have announced their intention to partner up and create what will come to be known as the Malta BOV ePremier League. The ePremier League will act as an official qualifier for the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series, EA confirmed today and local FIFA players will be given the opportunity to qualify and represent one of the 14 BOV Premier League clubs. More details have been promised to be released in the coming weeks.
The Malta BOV ePremier League is planned to kick-off sometime in November. VP of Malta FA Dr. Matthew Paris discussed the league’s inception in an official statement earlier today: “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 so far expanded to include more than 20 football leagues in total. To qualify for the series, FIFA pros need to earn enough EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series ranking points at live FIFA events. “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” said Sam Turkbas, Deputy FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner at EA SPORTS.
This is a great step for esport and FIFA fans in Malta. It is the hopes of all stakeholders that enabling aspiring pros to compete on behalf of local football teams in such a way will be a great way to enrich the grassroots scene in Malta. By providing a direct avenue into the FIFA Global Series, it shows a great commitment by EA and MFA to helping develop amateurs into potential future stars and champions, and is exactly the type of news that makes us smile here at Esportsnow.bet.
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