The Canadian Premier League has partnered with computer games publisher Electronic Arts to create the inaugural eCanadian Premier League (eCPL) esports tournament.
All eight CPL teams will be represented – including recently-announced expansion team Atletico Ottawa – in the eCPL, which will be operated by esports tournament organizers Northern Arena.
It is the latest league partner of the EA Sports Fifa 20 Global Series. Competitive play will begin online on February 29 and culminate in the eCPL Final, which will be played in Toronto on May 9 and broadcast live on OneSoccer, CPL’s streaming partner, and Twitch.
All eight CPL clubs, which will be represented by two eCPL competitors, will also stage in-market qualification events.
“Partnering with EA for the first all-Canadian eCPL league is another proud moment for us,” said CPL commissioner David Clanachan. “Reaching the global audience through Fifa gamers and the esports competition is an incredible opportunity for us and in-line with our mission to develop good young Canadian players and open the doors of opportunities in the world of professional football – we see this competition as an extension of that.”