Singapore Premier League teams take rivalries online

The Singapore Premier League will launch its own football video game tournament, premiering on July 11.

Officially named the eSPL, the initiative will see the Football Association of Singapore partnering Redd+E Sports, Zenway Productions and The Gym for the organisation of the tournament. It is a pilot project that is part of the league’s larger strategy to expand the domestic game into the esports arena.

Featuring all eight Singapore-based teams from the SPL, two representative players from each club will compete using the video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2020.

The eSPL tournament has been customised to feature all eight participating teams dressed in their actual team jerseys and with the players and officials represented accordingly.

FAS director of commercial and marketing, Jonathan Wong, said: “Today’s football fans, particularly the youth, are also avid gamers as they translate their love for the game on the grass pitch to the virtual arena. By introducing the eSPL tournament, we want to provide another avenue to reach out to a younger generation who have keen interest in both football and eSports.

All group stage games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals, match-ups will be broadcast on Singtel TV, StarHub TV, meWATCH, and also streamed on the SPL Facebook page.