FIFA esports tournament the 2019/20 ePremier League finals finally get underway today (August 13th).
The live finals were delayed back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They were scheduled to take place at London’s Gfinity Arena on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th, but now the closing stages of the tournament will take place online.
Today (August 13th) the PS4 rounds will get underway, with Xbox matches taking place tomorrow (August 14th).
Then, the semi-finals, finals and cross-console final will be streamed on Premier League channels on Friday August 28th to find out who will be crowned the 2019/20 ePremier League champion.
Some of the world’s best players are taking part in the second edition of the competition. Last year’s first ePremier League tournament was won by Fnatic player Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt, representing Liverpool in the competition.
“This is my favourite one, to be honest,” he said after winning. “A lot of aspects came into it, representing Liverpool is the main one.
“I came into the tournament so nervous, I started awful, but I eased into it throughout the days and now I’m champion.”
This edition of the ePremier League also features a prize pool, after some criticised the first tournament for not having one. There’s £40,000 up for grabs: the winner will receive £20,000, the runner-up £10,000 and the the runners-up of each console final will take home £5,000 each.
A separate ePremier League Invitational also took place during lockdown. Leicester City’s James Maddison won the Invitational, beating Sheffield United’s John Egan 5-1 in the final.
The ePremier League features FIFA players representing all 20 football clubs in the top tier of English football: the Premier League.
Viewers can follow the latest updates at e.premierleague.com.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.