Major League Soccer Announces 'eMLS' Competitive Gaming League for EA SPORTS FIFA 18

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Major League Soccer Announces 'eMLS' Competitive Gaming League for EA SPORTS FIFA 18

Postby ccgr » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:37 pm


EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Competitors Representing MLS Clubs Will Compete at the Inaugural
eMLS Cup at PAX East to Earn a Spot in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs

NEW YORK CITY (Jan. 12, 2018) – Today Major League Soccer (MLS) announced the
creation of eMLS, a new competitive EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 league for competitive play
within EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18. eMLS will pit the best FIFA 18 players from the U.S. and
Canada, representing MLS clubs, against each other to determine who will represent
the League in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs* on the Road to the FIFA
eWorld Cup 2018.

“We’re honored to partner with MLS within the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series as we
continue to help grow competitive gaming and soccer in North America,” said Todd
Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Competitive Gaming Division
at EA. “We engage millions of soccer fans daily through FIFA and attract many more
who view our competitions around the world. With the eMLS we accelerate our growth
as players compete on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.”

At the outset, 19 MLS clubs will participate in eMLS: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids,
Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC,
Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls,
Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle
Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Each club
will pursue its own process to select a player from its region to represent it in
eMLS competitive play.

eMLS will feature eMLS Cup, MLS’s elite competitive gaming event, where each club’s
pro will vie for an automatic berth in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs
and a chance to be crowned the undisputed FIFA 18 World Champion at the FIFA eWorld
Cup 2018 taking place in August this year. eMLS Cup will debut this April at PAX
East, the enormously popular gaming culture festival in Boston that takes place this
year from April 5-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

“We are excited to unveil eMLS,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing
Director, MLS Business Ventures. “This step forward into competitive gaming is a key
component in our partnership with EA SPORTS to promote deeper engagement and
connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the

Further details on eMLS Cup, including team announcements and tournament structure,
will be shared as the competition draws closer. For more information on eMLS, visit

* Eligibility restrictions apply for EA SPORTS FIFA Global Series Playoffs. See
Official Rules for details. Final terms and structure subject to change.

About MLS

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 23 clubs throughout the
United States and Canada. The 23rd MLS season kicks off March 3. For more
information about MLS, visit

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