Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

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

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

Major League Soccer is following in the footsteps of the National Basketball Association and creating its own eSports league with players from real-life MLS teams. In partnership with EA Sports, Major League Soccer is launching eMLS - an eSports league in which 19 of the 23 MLS clubs will select a competitor to represent them.

The Major League Soccer has 23 teams - 20 from United States and 3 from Canada but only 19 teams are taking part in the eMLS Cup.

The first games of the eMLS cup will debut at this year's PAX East in April. The first eMLS Cup will take place this April at PAX East in Boston, with the victor earning an automatic berth in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff and a chance to become the FIFA 18 World Champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 18 in August.

It's unclear whether these players will be paid by their sponsoring team, like they are in the National Basketball Association 2K League. Major League Soccer has officially announced as of January 12 that it will be partnering with EA Sports to create its own esports league. The Philadelphia Flyers have already partnered with WorldGaming for the Snider Hockey Cup, a North American championship whose finals are in March.

LaBelle will represent the Red Bulls in the recently-announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world. An MLS spokesperson told Polygon that teams may elect to have multiple players to represent them, although only one player from each team can compete in eMLS events.

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.

This will all feed into the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association eWorld Cup which will take place in August and feature the best players from all around the world.

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