Ever wanted to play FIFA 18 professionally? Well, now’s your chance.
Today, UK-based esports company Gfinity exclusively revealed to Dream Team Gaming that FIFA 18 will be joining the Elite Series for Season 3 next year.
In doing so Gfinity becomes the first esports company to secure a FIFA 18 Global Series Licence.
Launching in March 2018, aspiring competitive FIFA players will now have an opportunity to be drafted by one of the Elite Series professional franchises by competing in the Gfinity Challenger Series kicking-off on January 8.
The top 40 ranked players at the end of the six week Challenger Season will become eligible for the Elite Draft, taking place on February 23. Registration is free and open to everyone.
“Gfinity is the first esports company to secure an EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series license and we are excited to build on our long-standing relationship with EA.
“The addition of the hugely popular FIFA 18 to our game line-up adds a very enticing dimension to The Elite Series,” said Neville Upton, CEO of Gfinity.
“FIFA is one of the most requested games by our teams, players and fans and we will create very engaging competition and content for our community. The Elite Series is growing rapidly week-on-week and the addition of FIFA 18 will only help to accelerate this growth.
“The upcoming season of Challenger Series is set to be the most competitive to date as we welcome new pro players to the tournament.”
“We are excited to be welcoming the Gfinity Elite Series into the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series,” said Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner.
“As we continue to engage millions of FIFA players in the community, and attract millions of viewers from all around the world, this year will be truly special as we see the best from the Elite Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.”
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world’s leading esports companies.
The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community.
The Gfinity Esports Arena at Fulham Broadway, London is the home of UK esports showcasing regular tournaments across the full range of competitive games.
Esports (electronic sports) is growing rapidly, with new communities developing around more and more titles.
The global esports market generated US$493 million of revenue in 2016 and is expected to make $1.5 billion by 2020.
Online streaming channels Twitch and YouTube command the biggest audiences, although esports events are also now being broadcast on conventional TV.