The introduction of Esports into the traditional sports stage has been on a whole new level in 2019 with FIFA Esports being broadcasted on Skysports. FaZe also signed partnership deals with Manchester City. The road to EURO 2020 just got a whole lot more interesting as UEFA announced that it will be having an eEuro 2020 tournament with registration just being opened to Esports gamers.
What is the UEFA eEuro 2020 Tournament?
The UEFA eEuro 2020 tournament will kick off with a qualifying phase in November 2019. The players will be from all 55 of UEFA’s national associations and they will all be looking to stake their claim for a place in the finals. The finals will be held in London between July 9th to 10th; just days away from the Finals of EURO 2020 itself.
It is interesting to note that Esports gamers will be playing Konami’s PES 2020 on the PS4 console. This is a shift from the regular FIFA gameplay that Esports gamers are used to. The change to PES 2020 is thanks to the exclusive partnership Konami signed with UEFA for EURO 2020. The fact that PES will be used for this eEuro 2020 makes it an even more exciting tournament! A lot of viewers will be waiting to see how PES will fair on the Esports scene.
When speaking about eEuro 2020, UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein said: “eFootball is played by tens of millions of people across the continent and we are delighted to give competitors from our national associations the chance to represent their country on the biggest stage, we have seen massive growth in the popularity of eFootball over the past few years and the eEuro 2020 will give us the opportunity to connect with new and existing fans of national-team football.”
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Format and Progression
The format of the UEFA eEuro 2020 tournament will take form of each national association nominating their team. Participants are selected by either a domestic physical or online tournament. In the case of a national eFootball team already in existence, there will be no need for domestic qualifiers. Once this is done and the teams have been selected from all 55 nations, there will be a draw in January 2020 which will divide the nations involved into 10 groups for the online qualifying phase that will take place between March and May 2020.
The winner of each group and the best six runners-up will qualify for the final tournament. The initiative by Konami and UEFA is indeed a welcomed one and it is a good build-up for EURO 2020. Considering this is a new season of eFootball, many FIFA players will face a challenge in PES. This will bring surprises and excitement like never before!
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