FIFA 19 eSports – ePremier League Preview

THE FACTS

When? March 28th-29th

Where? Gfinity Esports Arena, London, UK

Will it be televised live? The final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League

Where can I stream the tournament? The final will be streamed on the Premier League’s official digital channels. The entire tournament will be streamed on EA Sports’ official Twitch channel.

Can I follow the tournament on Twitter? Updates will be provided on the official Premier League Twitter page. Also be sure to search the hashtags #ePL and #ePremierLeague as well as looking up ePL and ePremier League in the Twitter search bar. Don’t forget to follow your favourite players competing in the tournament, along with their respective clubs who are likely to provide real time updates on their progress.

THE LOWDOWN

Tournament Format and Schedule

The FIFA 19 ePremier League will be operated by Gfinity and contested by all 20 Premier League clubs, with each club represented by two players (one for each console). The 20 players from each console have been drawn into five groups of five and will compete against each player from their respective groups in a round-robin format. The top two players from each group will qualify for the knockout stages. The schedule for the ePremier League is as follows.

Thursday 28th March – group stages

Friday 29th March – quarter-finals, semi-finals, console finals & grand final

The complete group stage draw can be seen in the two tweets below from the official Premier League Twitter account.

Who will be competing in the tournament?

You can find a complete list of players who will be competing in the ePremier League along with the Premier League club each player will be representing in our ePremier League overview article, which can be read here.

What prizes are up for grabs?

Up for grabs for the competing players at the ePremier League are FIFA Global Series Points, with more points up for the grabs the higher you place at the tournament. These points will see them rise up the FIFA Global Series rankings leaderboard for their respective console. At the end of the season, the top 16 ranked players from each console according to the Global Series rankings leaderboard will qualify for the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup. The winner of the ePremier League will gain a total of 850 Global Series Points.

THE PLAYERS

An intriguing mix of professional FIFA players and amateur FIFA players make the trip to the Gfinity Arena for the finals of the inaugural ePremier League after a long qualification process. Some players competing have spent most of their weekends this year travelling across the world playing FIFA 19, while others have spent them watching their beloved football club whom they now get the chance to represent. They’ll be a number of David vs Goliath matchups in the FIFA ePremier League and this makes for an exciting tournament.

Leading up to the ePremier League, one club has already been tipped by many to win the competition and that club is Liverpool FC. Whilst the five-time European Cup winners have never won the Premier League in it’s current guise, having the current number one ranked FIFA 19 player in the world F2Tekkz representing them on the Xbox, puts them in with the clearest shout of claiming ePremier League success. Donning red alongside Tekkz will be amateur player Dariosh Krowner on the PS4, once again highlighting the unique nature of this tournament.

Another amazing ePremier League story took place at the Theatre of Dreams where two free agents won the chance to represent Manchester United at the Gfinity Arena. Kyle Leese is starting to make a name for himself in the FIFA eSports scene after not only coming through the offline ePL qualifier at Old Trafford, but also for making it to the final of the eLions offline qualification event for the upcoming eNations Cup. After coming within one game of representing his country, Kyle will be determined to do his football club proud on the PS4. He’ll be joined in United colours by Josh Jones who will represent the Red Devils on the Xbox One.

The third club we’re featuring is another Premier League powerhouse who will fancy their chances of success at a venue a mere two-minute walk away from their own home ground. Chelsea’s ePremier League lineup contains two well-known professional FIFA 19 players in the form of Hashtag Ryan and Jas1875x, who will be aiming to win the tournament as they bid to accumulate enough Global Series Points to ensure qualification for the Global Series Playoffs in June. Neither have had the season they would have liked to on FIFA 19 so far and the ePL represents the best chance both players will get to have a deep run in an offline tournament this season.

THE PREDICTION

The format of the ePremier League makes this prediction fairly easier for us to call. Had the tournament gone in the same direction as the FIFA eClub World Cup, where both club representatives had to team up, then it would have been much tougher to predict as in some cases, professional players would have been relying on their amateur partners to succeed. But with each player competing as individuals, this changes the equation and leads us to look no further than the overwhelming pre-tournament favourite.

After taking the weekend off instead of competing in the Gfinity FIFA Series March, a fully-rested and refreshed F2Tekkz will be absolutely desperate to win the ePremier League for his beloved Liverpool. It would be a genuine shock if the 17-year-old were not to bring the trophy back to Merseyside.

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