Major League Soccer has announced the formation of eMLS, a new competitive FIFA 18 league that will feature representatives from 19 MLS teams.
Th eMLS competition will feature the best FIFA 18 players from the U.S. and Canada to determine who will represent MLS in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs, and eventually the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.
“We are excited to unveil eMLS,” Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures said in a news release.
“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 world.”
The new competitive gaming league will culminate with eMLS Cup, which will take place at PAX East, a gaming culture festival in Boston from April 5-8.
“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,” Todd Sitrin, senior vice president and general manager of the competitive gaming division at EA said.
“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.”