Last year saw arguably the biggest moment in FIFA‘s esports history as Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing won the game’s biggest prize pool ever (£156,000) on home soil during the FIFA Interactive World Cup final in London.
A year later, virtual football is coming home as the very same tournament, now known as the FIFA eWorld Cup, is returning to London between August 02-04 in what will surely be another history-making final.
Over 20 million people have tried to qualify for the event by competing in FUT Champions but there can only be on champion.
The FIFA eWorld Cup is returning to London, the same place as where Gorilla won the FIWC
Before that though, the 128 remaining (64 on Xbox and 64 on PlayStation) will have to battle it out in Amsterdam between May 28-30 and June 1-3 for their chance at championship glory.
There will players from all over the world including those who have competed in the virtual version of La Liga, Bundesliga, the Eredivisie and even FIFA Online 3 competitors from China. But, only 32 players will make it to London and as we’ve seen this year, anyone can win.
FIFA’s Competitive Gaming Commissioner Brent Koning knows we can see upsets but acknowledges that the veteran players can’t be ignored either: ‘It’s been an amazing year with a lot of incredible journeys. We go to see Donovan (F2 Tekkz) kind of rise to prominence in Barcelona and MSDosary competing at the level that he did was a great surprise.
‘I think you always want a really entertaining show but if history tells us anything, in our major tournaments, the people that prep the best are gonna be the ones that rise to the top. And so I would be remiss if I didn’t think that some of your mainstays in the scene wouldn’t rise to the top.’
While there certainly is room for new talents to break out, Koning says there’s no room for bad attitudes. British FIFA player Kurt was surrounded by controversy recently after trying to talk of stage halfway through a competitive match.
Brent Koning believes there is room for more surprise victories like Tekkz
Koning says they are open to constructive criticism but still want to see players be respectful: ‘Constructive feedback is the most important feedback. And we are really attuned to taking that and evolving the game. But more importantly than that, sportsmanship is number one.
Without naming names, people that don’t exhibit proper sportsmanship aren’t really good for this game. So it doesn’t really matter who you are or how good you are, how bad you are, how you got into the tournament or how many followers you have on twitter. Sportsmanship is number one, just like in traditional sports.’
One major piece of feeback a lot of players gave from last tournament was the frustration of not being able to wear the kits of the teams they represented, much to the annoyance of sports teams and sponsors.
Koning couldn’t go into detail but promised they were looking for solutions: ‘I don’t really have any news to share on what kits they’ll actually be wearing, but we’re very much looking into the community feedback.
‘We know that we need to make sure that we’re integrating players being represented by these organisations and we’re working to make sure we can do that in a really good way which doesn’t disrupt the flow and goals of the tournament.’
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