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ESPORTS: New Player Signings Ahead Of Second ePremier League

8 October 2019

Following the Premier League and EA Sports announcing plans for a second annual ePremier League tournament, we are pleased to announce the signing of eSports players Brad Colston and Sheikh Iqbal.

After a successful first season, the ePremier League EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Tournament begins with open qualifiers in December.

This offers UK-based players the opportunity to represent their favourite Premier League clubs in an online EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 tournament.

A hugely successful debut ePL season saw EA SPORTS FIFA players from across the UK compete on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One.

Brad and Sheikh, who both won a qualifying tournament at Turf Moor last season to win a place at ther finals in London, will represent the club at a number of events in the coming year.

You can follow in their footsteps at this year's event.

Registration for the 2019/20 tournament opens on Monday 4th November here. 

From Monday 2nd December, competitors from all 20 Premier League clubs will then battle it out over four months through online qualification and club play-offs to reach the ePL Finals in March 2020.

“Our inaugural ePremier League season had a great response from fans and clubs,” said Richard Masters, Premier League Interim Chief Executive.

“The tournament brought together experienced EA SPORTS FIFA pros and first-time competitors and gave them the unique opportunity to compete and win for their favourite clubs.

"We are very pleased to be working with our clubs again to build on the momentum from our first ePL season and look forward to welcoming even more fans and EA SPORTS FIFA players to the tournament.”

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The first ePremier League in 2018/19 received thousands of registrations, attracting top talent from all over the UK.

Top-ranked EA SPORTS FIFA 19 player Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt went on to claim the ePL trophy for Liverpool FC in a hotly contested Grand Final in London.

The finals were broadcast live on Sky Sports, the Premier League’s Facebook Watch channel and the EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel, receiving almost 14 million views.  

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Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner, said: “The Premier League’s global reach combined with the worldwide player base of EA SPORTS FIFA sets the ePremier League up to be one of the most popular esports tournaments across the industry.

"eSports drives increased engagement with traditional sport and this ePremier League partnership now gives fans an opportunity to represent or cheer for their favourite club on both the traditional and virtual pitch.”

Performing well in ePremier League will also earn players the bonus of valuable season-long EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Points used to qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs.

Competitors intending to participate in ePL who want to also be eligible for these points will need to register on FUTChampions.com by Thursday 31st October or between 16th - 31st January 2020 and be FUT Champions Verified.

The ePL will be operated by esports tournament organisers Gfinity. For more information, visit the ePremier League website

The finals will once again be broadcast live on Sky Sports, Premier League channels and EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel.

ePremier League tournament key dates:

4th November 2019

Registration opens

 

2nd - 22nd December 2019

Online qualification

 

February 2020

Club playoffs

 

27th & 28th March 2020

ePremier League Finals

 

Burnley FC has already made inroads in the eSports market with the ePremier League last year - and with confirmation of a second ePremier League the club have now signed the gamers who represented the club at last year's ePremier League final in London.

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Brad (XBOX) and Sheikh (PS4) will now represent Burnley FC in a full calendar of eSports events as part of the FIFA 20 FUT Champions Global Series.

In addition to becoming club Pro's on the eSports circuit they will be present in the GameZone on a matchday.

The GameZone, located in the upper tier of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand, has gone from strength to strength over the years and now features eight consoles featuring FIFA 20, which junior fans can use free of charge before the match.

As well as letting Junior Clarets take them on at FIFA 20, our first sSports Pro's will also be giving advice to future players and looking out for the next generation of eSports stars to represent Burnley FC.

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