UK FIFA star Donovan ‘F2Tekkz’ Hunt has added yet another title to his collection: this time it’s the inaugural ePremier League.
Playing for Liverpool, F2Tekkz beat Manchester United’s Kyle ‘KyleLeese_’ Leese 6-2 in the grand final, winning 4-1 on PS4 and 2-1 on Xbox One.
F2Tekkz also came back from a 2-0 deficit versus Fulham’s Diogo ‘SCP Diogo’ Mendes to win the Xbox final 4-3.
KyleLeese_ beat Chelsea’s Jas ‘Jas1875’ Singh 3-2 in the PS4 final before falling to F2Tekkz in the grand final.
It’s the latest title for F2Tekkz, having won a string of FUT Champions Cups including this one in Bucharest.
“I came into the tournament so nervous, I started awful, but I eased into it throughout the days and now I’m champion.”
— F2Tekkz (@F2Tekkz) March 29, 2019
F2Tekkz picked up the lion’s share of FIFA Global Series points as he looks towards the FIFA eWorld Cup later in the year.
40 players took part in the ePremier League – two for each Premier League club.
Question marks remain around the ePremier League: Lack of prize money ‘not acceptable’
While it was great to see all 20 Premier League clubs embracing esports in this tournament, it wasn’t without its critics.
The stream numbers were questioned by some after the broadcast received a sudden spike in viewers.
But the main criticism was around its prize pool, or lack thereof.
The ePremier League didn’t have any prize money available to players – just FIFA Global Series points.
Team Envy’s UK FIFA player Jas Singh called on EA for greater prize pools in FIFA tournaments, and criticised the lack of prize money in the ePremier League.
He said on Twitter: “We competitors perform, put out our best efforts, bring viewers to EA’s social channels and end up going home empty-handed regardless.
“It’s not just this one event, the whole year FUT Champions Cups have offered absolutely awful prize money. In the previous two Champs Cups you could have twice finished top 8 in the world and gone home with a maximum of $750. Sorry but this ain’t acceptable.”
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
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