EA Sports have confirmed that the ePremier League (ePL) will be returning for a second season at the ePL Finals, taking place in March 2020. After strong viewership figures in its debut season, it should come as no surprise that EA and the Premier League have endorsed a second season of the ePL, looking to build on the successes of last season.
The ePremier League (ePL) is set to return for a second season next year, in partnership with FIFA developer, EA Sports. The second iteration of the ePL will offer pro FIFA players, based in the UK, a chance to kit up and represent a Premier League football club as they compete against others at the ePL Finals, taking place in March 2020.
Interim Chief Executive of the Premier League Richard Masters made the following comments during a recent press release confirming the return of the ePL: “Our inaugural ePremier League season had a great response from fans and clubs. The tournament brought together experienced EA SPORTS FIFA pros and first-time competitors and gave them the unique opportunity to compete and win for their favourite clubs. We are very pleased to be working with our clubs again to build on the momentum from our first ePL season and look forward to welcoming even more fans and EA SPORTS FIFA players to the tournament.”
The Inaugural season of the ePL saw Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt claim the coveted ePL trophy for Liverpool FC, the finals even being broadcast on Sky Sports, the Premier League’s Facebook Watch channel, and the EA Sports FIFA Twitch channel. This must have been a strange experience for Liverpool fans, having never previously tasted Premier League victory since its establishment in 1992.
“The Premier League’s global reach combined with the worldwide player base of EA SPORTS FIFA sets the ePremier League up to be one of the most popular esports tournaments across the industry. Esports drives increased engagement with traditional sport and this ePremier League partnership now gives fans an opportunity to represent or cheer for their favourite club on both the traditional and virtual pitch” added Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner at EA.
UK-based tournament organiser Gfinity will operate the ePL like last season. Who will be crowned the second ever ePL champions? Hopefully not Liverpool again.. But ePL fans will need to wait until March 2020 to find out.
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