MLS Enters Esports, Launches eMLS FIFA 18 League With EA Sports

FIFA 18 eMLS- club logos

On January 12th the MLS and EA Sports announced that they were partnering up in order to create the eMLS, a new competitive Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 league which will include the best Federation Internationale de Football Association players in North America. In the USA, the NFL is in its first season of the Madden NFL Club Championship and the National Basketball Association later this season will launch the National Basketball Association 2K League - both involving major sports video game titles.

EA has already had great success with its competitive "Madden NFL" series, with its gaming circuit boasting a purse of US$1.153 million. Those teams will also be responsible for selecting local talent to represent the team in the eMLS. Do you have the skills to compete for your team in the eMLS? Toronto, whose eteam will be known as the Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (GC), is one of 17 teams that have signed up for the virtual hoops league.

The NBA has already started qualifying for gamers hoping to be part of the NBA 2K League when it tips off in May. The owners of the squads in those esports organizations are often billionaires or corporations, and they provide their athletes with salaries, benefits and housing. The event will determine the USA and Canada qualifiers to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs for a berth to August's FIFA eWorld Cup.

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The inaugural edition of the eMLS Cup will take place in April at popular gaming culture festival PAX East at Boston's Convention and Exhibition Center.

Holly is already on his way, having qualified for the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup on January 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain, where the top eight finishers will advance to the June playoffs. Details on the league's format aren't available yet; MLS said it will provide further information on how to qualify and compete later. It seems hard to believe that a professional sports league would spin up an esports organization just for one year, not as a long-term pursuit, and a spokesperson told Polygon that MLS is working to establish eMLS in a way that can support future iterations of EA's games.

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