Gfinity is pleased to announce that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 will be joining the Elite Series for Season 3 when it launches in March 2018.p>The addition of the world’s most played sports title and its loyal competitive gaming following, cements the Elite Series as one of the world’s premier esports competitions.
The Gfinity Elite Series is an accredited official EA SPORTSTM FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier as EA brings competitive FIFA to millions of fans around the world through the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in August 2018.
“Gfinity is the first esports company to secure an EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series license and we are excited to build on our long-standing relationship with EA. The addition of the hugely popular FIFA 18 to our game line-up adds a very enticing dimension to The Elite Series,” said Neville Upton, CEO of Gfinity. “FIFA is one of the most requested games by our teams, players and fans and we will create very engaging competition and content for our community. The Elite Series is growing rapidly week-on-week and the addition of FIFA 18 will only help to accelerate this growth. The upcoming season of Challenger Series is set to be the most competitive to date as we welcome new pro players to the tournament.”
“We are excited to be welcoming the Gfinity Elite Series into the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series,” said Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner. “As we continue to engage millions of FIFA players in the community, and attract millions of viewers from all around the world, this year will be truly special as we see the best from the Elite Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.”
Aspiring competitive FIFA players will now have an opportunity to be drafted by one of the Elite Series professional franchises by competing in the Gfinity Challenger Series kicking-off on January 8th. The top 40 ranked players at the end of the six week Challenger Season will become eligible for the Elite Draft, taking place on February 23rd. Registration is free and open to everyone via https://challenger.gfinityesports.com.
Gfinity Challenger and Elite Series:
- Challenger Series has had over 20,000 18-35-year-old players participate from 18 different countries
- Elite Series Season 1 created 180 hours of live broadcast viewed by over 3M people in more than 30 countries
- Through the first seven weeks of Elite Series Season 2, total views were 3.64M showing a 40% increase on Elite Series Season 1 viewership
For more details on the entire EA SPORTSTM FIFA 18 Global Series, please visit www.FUTChampions.com .
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world's leading esports companies. The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community and has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality competitions, both on-line at www.gfinityesports.com and off-line, in addition to producing industry leading esports broadcasts.
The Gfinity Esports Arena at Fulham Broadway, London is the home of UK esports showcasing regular tournaments across the full range of competitive games. Beyond its own tournaments Gfinity provides a full turnkey solution for brands wanting to create their own esports tournaments and has staged premium esports events around the globe for leading publishers and brands including Formula 1, Microsoft, Activision, EA, Xbox, Gillette and HP.
Esports (electronic sports) is watching or playing competitive video gaming. Leading titles include Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Defence of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2), FIFA, League of Legends, and Rocket League. The industry is growing rapidly, with new communities developing around more and more titles. The global esports market generated US$493 million of revenue in 2016 and is expected to make $1.5 billion by 2020. The global esports audience in 2017 was 191 million people, 80% under the age of 35 and 70% male (source: Newzoo). Online streaming channels Twitch and YouTube command the biggest audiences, although esports events are also now being broadcast on conventional TV.
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