EA and FIFA announced the launch of the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018. The competition will culminate when the winner is crowned in August 2018. The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 is described as a "multi-staged, global journey".
EA and FIFA today announced the launch of the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018. "This expanded, unified ecosystem between EA and FIFA exponentially increases the scale of competitive FIFA year-over-year and kicks off Friday, 03 November" says the press release.
The competition will culminate when the winner is crowned the "undisputed world champion of EA Sports FIFA 18" in August 2018. All of this will go down at the showpiece event in the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.
"Last year was a pivotal achievement for competitive FIFA, engaging millions of competitors and spectators through world football and global competition," said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA. "In partnership with FIFA, we’re accelerating the growth of competitive gaming through the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series on The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018, producing more competition, attracting more competitors and connecting with more fans than ever before."
"Competitive FIFA is a global entertainment phenomenon that maximizes the combined power of world football and competitive gaming in unprecedented fashion," said Philippe Le Floc'h, Chief Commercial Officer at FIFA.
The Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 is described in the press release as a "multi-staged, global journey". Competitors will qualify based on FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Weekend League online performance and at blockbuster live qualifying events throughout the year. Online qualification for FUT Champions is only available to eligible players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The top-ranked 128 eligible competitors (64 competitors representing PlayStation 4 and 64 competitors representing Xbox One) will be invited to advance to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs. 32 players will then qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018. The winner of the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 will be declared the world champion.
In online play, all competitors will first compete in FUT Champions weekend leagues as the competitive mode returns. A variety of live events will accompanny the online competitive play. Some of those include:
- FIFA Ultimate Team Champions Cups - Mass entry tournaments kickoff first through the popular FUT Champions online mode with the top competitors qualifying for two major live tournaments - held in January and April.
- FIFA eClub World Cup - An all-star tournament pitting world-class EA Sports FIFA 18 competitors signed to pro teams against one another.
- Licensed Qualifying Competitions - Notable third-party competitive gaming organizations and brands will host marquee events offering qualifying spots for the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.
- Official League Partner Qualifying Competitions - Competitors can represent their favourite real-life club through official league competitions and specific details on how leagues will be involved to be available soon.