Nasdaq-listed game developer and publisher Electronic Arts (EA) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the third season of the FIFA esports tournament eChampions League. The tournament will be part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series.
The competition, which will be conducted using the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Ultimate Team (FUT) mode, will start in early February with a series of online qualifiers. While the tournament’s qualifiers are technically open to any competitor who has a registered FUT account and at least 27 won games in a single FUT Champions Weekend League, it’s widely accepted that a player usually needs to make an investment in the tens of thousands of dollars to obtain a competitive team due to EA’s monetization strategy of the FUT game mode.
Through the online qualifiers, 32 players will advance to the tournament’s knockout stage on May 1-2, while eight contenders will proceed to the $280K USD prize pool eChampions League Finals on May 28-29. The top three finishers will earn spots in the FIFA 21 Global Series European Regional PlayStation 4 Playoffs.
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