Fifa launches new national team esports event

World football’s governing body Fifa has today (Tuesday) launched a new esports competition dedicated to national teams.

The inaugural eNations Cup will take place on April 13-14 as an invite-only exhibition event. It will introduce a new format of national teams and member associations competing against each other in a team competition on the Road to the Fifa eWorld Cup 2019.

Sixteen national teams representing all of Fifa’s confederations – Concacaf, Conmebol, CAF, OFC, AFC and Uefa – will be invited to take part in the event. The nations themselves will be able to host national eFootball championships to find their national team. The selected players will then be invited to the eNations Cup to represent their country.

As one of eight majors in the EA Sports Fifa 19 Global Series, the event will offer up to 1,500 Global Series points, in addition to prize money.

Luis Vicente, chief digital transformation and innovation officer at Fifa, said: “The involvement of our member associations with a dedicated nations tournament is another significant and exciting step forward for Fifa and the development of eFootball globally.

“Furthermore, the Fifa eNations Cup represents for us another great step in the growth and development of eFootball, further enhancing engagement with fans and players worldwide as well as allowing our member associations to develop and activate eFootball programs and competitions in their country.”

The eNations Cup will become the third major hosted by Fifa in the Fifa 19 Global Series, joining the eClub World Cup and the eWorld Cup itself, which this year will take place at start of August.

Fifa added that more detailed information as well as the host city, competing nations and format for the eNations Cup will be announced shortly.